Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

As entertaining as Guardians of the Galaxy was, writer and director James Gunn left a very important question in the film unanswered: who is Star-Lord’s father? In the comics Peter Quill is the son of the Spartoi monarch named J’son, who would go on to become the villain Mister Knife, but Gunn wanted to take Star-Lord’s parentage in an entirely new direction and dedicated a significant amount of the plot to exploring this subject in the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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Image by Marvel Studios

Essentially, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Baby Groot finally discover the truth about the heritage of their leader when they encounter a man named Ego, who saved them from retaliation after one of their own slighted and stole from Ayesha, the high-priestess of a very pompous and arrogant race of beings called The Sovereign. Ego happens to be much more than a man; he’s an actual sentient planet. Yes, you read that correctly.

Throughout the film, the Guardians of the Galaxy find answers to questions and delve into some deep issues about themselves and each other. Suffice to say, the first film introduced who these characters are but this sequel explores who these characters are and what makes them tick; the film takes the initiative to delve into Star-Lord’s issues of resentment toward Ego’s absence in his life and his upbringing by Yondu, Gamora and his sister issues with Nebula, Drax’s…um…”forthcomingness” and his new “friendship” with Ego’s empathic aid Mantis, Rocket “raising” Baby Groot and his new kinship with Yondu and it all leads to some very dark revelations about Ego and what his plans for his son hold.

I found Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to be a thrill ride! There was laughter, depth, dazzle, emotion; this movie was a quality blockbuster brilliantly orchestrated by James Gunn and I dare say that this was the most fun I’ve ever had watching a Marvel Studios motion picture.

Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn with the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper were simply on point from start to finish and the newcomers including Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki, Sylvester Stallone, Pom Klementieff, Chris Sullivan and Tommy Flanagan, their contributions only bolstered the appeal of this film for me. Everyone involved in the performance aspects in this movie, I could feel the fun they had with this picture and that only made me enjoy this more.

Tyler Bates’ music, Henry Braham’s cinematography, Fred Raskin and Craig Wood’s editing, Scott Chambliss’ production design, the art direction, the make-up, Judianna Makovsky’s costumes and the outstanding visual effects, everything I saw in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was pure eye-candy and sensory bliss!

If I had to zone in on one particular flaw it’s that it felt like the film was juggling the subplots of the picture for most of the second act, particularly because the majors players of the film were separated for most of the picture but when they are finally united in the face of Ego’s grand design, it’s a satisfying payoff.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is bigger, bolder, brighter and braver than it’s predecessor and I believe that it did enough to set the stage for the galaxy’s band of a**holes outlaws for what is to come in Vol. 3. This is a must see movie IMO.

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