After finally watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I’m happy I avoided spoilers because the sequel still surprised and entertained me with awesome visuals and humorous cast interactions. The movie is a solid watch for the Guardians brand. Considering I’m usually hesitant about most sequels, I was fairly content after having seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It doesn’t exceed the first movie in any new or inventive way, but James Gunn continues to display his talent in the second film. The movie is packed with so much plot, humor, visuals, and easter eggs (OMG James Gunn, you are such a nerd!) that I’m still having to digest the slightly overwhelming yet fun watch.
Quick points of review:
- The cast’s interactions are entertaining and humorous.
- The plot considers each character’s perspective which is a nice change from the first movie, but it can be a little overwhelming to digest it all.
- The visuals are gorgeous and the action is entertaining.
- A solid second movie that is almost as good as the first.
*Spoiler Alert! If you are avoiding spoilers, do not read further. Turn back now. You’ve been warned.*
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens with the team fighting a space monster for the leader of The Sovereign, Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki). The team departs after receiving Nebula (Karen Gillan) in exchange for their protection. Rocket (Bradley Cooper) secretly steals precious batteries from The Sovereign and reveals it to Drax (Dave Bautista) as they board their ship.
The Guardians are then attacked by The Sovereign’s drones after Ayesha finds out their batteries are missing. She means to make an example of them and orders her people to set their missiles to kill. Rocket and Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) get into an argument about piloting the ship and their ship takes a serious beating from the drones. Meanwhile, a mysterious ship destroys the drones and helps the group crash land onto a planet called Berhert.
Tension is running pretty high between Rocket and Quill when the mysterious ship lands. A being named Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and a man named Ego (Kurt Russell) introduce themselves to the team. Ego claims to be Quill’s father and invites Quill to accompany them back to his planet. Rocket stays behind with Groot (Vin Diesel) and Nebula while Quill leaves with Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax.
Meanwhile, Yondu and his crew are relaxing and they run into Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone), another Ravager. Ogord will not go to any establishment where Yondu and his men are being served. Yondu and his men have been exiled from the Ravagers because he was dealing in children and broke the Ravager code by doing so. As Ogord leaves, Ayesha arrives and hires Yondu and his men to capture the Guardians for stealing the batteries.
Yondu and his men land on Berhert. Rocket defends the crashed ship alone against Yondu and his men while Nebula and Groot are back at the ship. Nebula convinces Groot to release her so she can prevent Rocket from getting himself killed. While Rocket is surrounded by the men with guns pointed at him, the group starts to argue because Yondu hesitates about killing Quill. Nebula attacks Yondu from behind and goes with Yondu’s men. Taserface (Chris Sullivan) imprisons Yondu, Rocket, and Groot.
While on the ship Taserface executes men loyal to Yondu and Nebula leaves with a ship to kill Gamora. After Rocket hilariously pokes fun at Taserface’s name, both he and Yondu are put in prison while Groot is harassed by the men. Rocket and Yondu are forced to work together and try to explain to Groot that Yondu needs his fin so they can free themselves. After Groot tries to find Yondu’s fin without understanding, Kraglin (Sean Gunn) frees Rocket and Yondu. Kraglin apologizes for starting a mutiny. Then Rocket and Yondu take out as many men as possible before Taserface informs The Sovereign.
While coming to Ego’s planet, Quill finds out his father is a celestial being. He created the very planet they are on. Quill then finds out he too can create matter just like his father and he too is immortal. Drax and Mantis learn more about each other and Gamora tries to tell Quill something seems wrong about Ego and the planet they are on. While Quill is spending time with his father, Gamora is attacked by Nebula. Ego reveals to Quill his plan to take over the universe and tries to force Quill to help him with his plan. Nebula is not able to kill Gamora. Then they run into a huge wall of skeletons. Gamora insists they have to get back to Quill and Drax.
Mantis warns Drax and Gamora about Ego. Rocket, Yondu, Groot, and Kraglan land on the planet. Quill refuses to help his father. The Guardians head to the core of Ego and start to attack it to kill and stop Quill’s father. The Sovereign’s drones arrive to kill the team at the same time while Rocket builds a bomb for Groot to detonate to take out Ego’s core. The bomb eventually goes off and kills Ego. Quill and Yondu are left on the planet. Yondu takes Quill off the planet and sacrifices himself to save Quill.
Quill realizes Yondu is his true father all along. Gamora and Nebula reconcile but Nebula still plans to kill Thanos. The team holds a ceremony for Yondu and The Ravagers accept Yondu as part of the group after Rocket tells them about his sacrifice.
Geeky Talk’s Reaction to the Movie
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is filled with constant humor and entertaining interactions among the cast. The cast did a terrific job again. Each actor held their own well and created memorable moments for the characters. The sequel seems to contain more jokes than the first movie and I enjoyed myself quite a bit. It seems Drax carried most of the weight when it came down to silly quips and interactions, but each character had their moment. Baby Groot dancing while the rest fight the monster in the beginning of the movie, Rocket’s poking fun of Taserface, and Quill asking the Guardians for tape while fighting Ego and The Sovereign drones are just a few funny examples that added to the humor of the movie. The film is so heavy in wisecracks it can be distracting at times.
The plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 considers the perspective of each character, unlike the first movie which seemed to focus more on Quill or the group as a whole. The second movie added more to interactions and story between Mantis and Drax, Yondu and Rocket, Ego and Quill, Quill and Yondu, and Gamora and Nebula. As you can see there is a lot of relationships to digest here and at times this feels a bit overwhelming, but it’s nice to get so much story about these characters and have them come together to save the universe as a family in the end. The fact that James Gunn was able to fit this all into one movie and still create a solid watch is kind of amazing.
The visuals are gorgeous and the action scenes are entertaining. The opening fight scene against the octopus-like space monster is fun and exciting even if much of it is in the background as Baby Groot takes center stage with his dancing. The Sovereign drones chasing down the Guardians along with Ego’s planet and the battle at the core is a gorgeous and fun display of action and scenery. There is a lot of visual candy to behold in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I’m still trying to digest everything in the movie because it all moved swiftly. I cannot wait to see it again.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a solid second movie. The first movie broke a lot of new ground for a Marvel movie at the time that there just doesn’t seem to be a whole lot more to add to this sequel. I still thoroughly enjoyed myself while watching it and was pleasantly surprised with the character interactions and stories. Though the second movie lacked anything new or inventive over the first movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is packed full of everything the first movie did right.
Marvel movie fans will find a lot to enjoy about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It’s also totally full of easter eggs! Stan Lee’s cameo did not disappoint and there are a ton of post credit scenes you are going to want to stick around for if you are a true Marvel movie fan. I really did enjoy this fun ride of a movie and as I said before I can’t wait to see it again.
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