guardians of the galaxy vol. 2

I’m going to be honest, I took a few days to think about this movie before writing this review because I didn’t really know how I felt about it. The first Guardians is in my top five movies of all time and I wanted this movie to live up to that one so much but the truth is, it didn’t. That’s not to say I didn’t like this movie because I really did, there was just some parts of this movie that I found really hard to like and i’m not too sure if i’m happy with the end result.

First off, this movie relies way too much on it’s humor, yes humor was a huge part of the first movie and just the MCU in general but it really felt like what they were going for in Vol. 2 was to just make a comedy in space and not really put that much effort into anything else. Every single character in this movie is just dishing out one-liners and jokes left right and center all the time and while most of the time it’s funny, sometimes the jokes do fall flat or just drag out too long, there’s one joke scene that you’ll know when you see it that just goes on and on and it gets a little unnecessary but don’t get me wrong though, when this movie is funny, it’s really funny.

This is to date the most colorful and musical Marvel movie yet, everything in this film is so bright and cheerful especially the different planets which all have their own distinctive look and feel. The music in this film is much more integral to the plot and just more important in general than it was in the first film and most of the time when a song is playing it is actually necessary or has something to do with the scene.

Michael Rooker as Yondu was my favorite character in the movie, he has a much more expanded role in Vol. 2 than he did in the first one and he was just great all round. Some of his interactions with the other Guardians in this one were at times unexpected but emotional and fun. He has some really good moments with both Bradley Cooper as Rocket and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill and I hope that we see him in a future Guardians or MCU movie.

Speaking of favorite characters, there was a lot of wasted potential with other characters in this movie mainly with Gamora and to a lesser extent Drax. Gamora honestly doesn’t really do anything in the film, she gets some good development with both Nebula and Peter but that’s to be unexpected, out of the main cast she probably left the least impact in Vol. 2. Drax got more to do then she did, especially with Mantis but overall it felt like most of scenes were just there for jokes as 90% of his lines just has him telling jokes.

The plot also feels pretty weak when compared to the first movie. The main story just feels like a backdrop for what the movie is really about: Characters and humor. I did however really enjoy Kurt Russel as Ego, he felt fun for most of the film and it was really emotional seeing some of his interactions with Peter as a son reunited with his father.

Overall Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 doesn’t live up to the first movie or the best of the MCU and while it does have a lot of problems it is still a fun, colorful movie that you will enjoy. If you like these characters then you’ll like this movie.

THE VERDICT

7.5/10    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 can be frustrating at times but is still an enjoyable movie.

 

Connor Cunningham covers ENTERTAINMENT for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @Connoriscoolio

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