Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters today! I’ve been counting down for this one since I loved the first one so much, and earlier this week, I finally got to see it!
The sequel picks up with the Guardians continuing their duty as protectors of the universe (guardians of the galaxy, if you will), but quickly transitions to spending most of the film developing each of the characters more and looking deeper into Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) father (who’s played by Kurt Russel). Something we’ve all been curious about since the first movie, when we learn Quill grew up fatherless and was kidnapped by Yondu (played by Michael Rooker).
But that’s not all. The crew’s also on the run from The Sovereign, a genetically engineered gold-skinned “kingdom,” after making their queen, Ayesha, incredibly angry. And due to certain circumstances, the group gets split up for the majority of the movie, spinning the film into a few different storylines. I do wish all of the Guardians were together more, but it did keep things moving.
It’s tough to say more than that without getting into some major spoilers (and yes there are major things that happen), so I’ll leave it at that. But I do want to talk about some of my (spoiler-free) likes and dislikes.
Let’s start with the music. Seriously the best part of it all. It’s what made me love the first Guardians so much, and I must say, the soundtrack for the sequel is pretty strong too (bring on all the 70s jams)! Second, Baby Groot. Need I say more? I mean, is ANYTHING cuter than baby Groot?!
The movie was filled with a lot of laughs (as expected), but there also seemed to be many more cheesy “jokes” and drawn out stupid (but trying to be funny) moments that seemed like they might appeal to a teenage boy, which was a bit disappointing.
But my biggest gripe of all happens in the post-credit part of the film. Marvel always has little teasers at the end of its films, and I couldn’t wait to see what they had to share with us this time, especially since 4-5 clips were promised, and there are some big releases just around the corner. And this is a spoiler in the sense that I don’t want you to feel the same disappointment I did. The end credit clips are ONLY related to Guardians of the Galaxy in the form of added content and a look at what we’ll likely see more of in the next Guardians movie. There were no peeks at the other Marvel films in queue.
So is the sequel as good as the original? No. But sequels rarely are. I still liked it a lot! If you’re wanting some laughs this weekend (and obviously if you’re a Marvel fan), this would be a good film to catch! Plus, you can’t beat the A-list cast!
Are you planning to see the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel this weekend? Which “Guardian” is your favorite?