One of the most anticipated summer releases this year has finally arrived! Cinema Slayers is happy to report that it is well worth your time! While not as memorable as its predecessor, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (GOTG 2) delivers great laughs, interesting characters, and a new direction that will leave you excited for what is to come.
One of the great things about the first GOTG is that it felt very fresh at the time of its release. When the first Guardians was released, no one knew what to expect because these characters were not as familiar to the casual audience. The first Guardians was funny, inventive, and it introduced us to some compelling characters that were different from the standard Avengers we were used to seeing. GOTG 2 attempts to replicate this formula and for the most part, does it with success.
From the moment the film begins with Ego (Kurt Russell) cruising down an open highway with his girlfriend and 80’s music blaring in the background. You’ll feel the nostalgia and excitement hit all at the same time. Of course this scene doesn’t seem like much at the beginning, but like any good film, it has its purpose later on. It’s not long before we get to catch up with the Guardians themselves, and they are all still as enjoyable in this film as they were in the previous adventure. However, as great as all the cast was in this film, I would be remissed without mentioning the performances of Drax (Dave Bautista) and Yondu (Micheal Rooker). Any time these two were on screen they were perfect with their comedic timing and emotional conveyance in the film.
Without getting too much into the plot, there is a lot to take in here. GOTG 2 definitely expands on the cosmic and intergalactic portion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You will be introduced to new characters that are as interesting as they are visually appealing. You’ll get answers to some questions from the first film, resulting in the fleshing out of more characters and even changing the way you look at a few of them. The story, overall, has this moral about fatherhood that is as welcoming and warm as the friendship story was in the first. None of this, however, feels as fresh or exciting as the first film did, but naturally that is difficult to replicate in a second film. The film also has a few tonal problems and can often be a little chatty at certain places, but it is never enough to completely detract you from the exciting action sequences, dazzling visuals, and arguably one of the best sound tracks in a Marvel film to date. Give this one a go!
85 “I am Groot” quotes out of 100! (85%)