I will start by doing a quick review of the first movie to better understand parts of my review for this film.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 9/10 because everything that could go right for this movie, did. The cast was magnificent, the cinematography, soundtrack, direction of the movie hit were near perfect for this movie. My problem with the story and the problem for most Marvel Cinematic Universe movies as a whole, was the villain. Marvel ends up cheating on the story requirements for the villain, to better serve the heroes, however from a critical point of view, the villain is just as important, story wise.
Now onto one of the year’s most anticipated movies, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.
The movie which was written and directed once again by James Gunn, featured returning actors Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Starlord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Sean Gunn as Kraglin and the on – set capture for Rocket. The movie also introduces a lot of new characters, featuring the likes of Kurt Russell as Ego, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, and a couple of cameo scenes by Sylvester Stallone as Stakar / Starhawk.
This movie had a lot to live up to, with how amazingly well received the first one was by both critics and audience members alike, and I felt that the movie delivered, but not to the same extent that the first one did. The villain of this movie was a surprise to most of the general public but was hinted at heavily if you knew of that character’s comic book version. I found that the villain of the movie was more memorable and better utilized than Ronan was in the first movie. The soundtrack was nowhere near as memorable as the the first guardians, yet still considered to be a good soundtrack. I believe that the movie’s look and tone both felt realistic.
The movie once again focuses on Peter Quill, the only human member of the Guardians team, this time however focuses on his father rather than his mother in the first movie, and the legacy that comes with his father. The other characters’ story and mystery has mostly been explored in the original movie. Gamora’s story line in this movie is once again tied to both Peter and Nebula, where she is fighting her feelings for Peter, while physically fighting her ‘sister’ Nebula. Drax’s literalness is back once again, and his humour is more jovial after the death of the killer of his family. There was one disappointment with Drax in this movie, and that is included below in the spoilers section. Rocket is more snarky, and rude, an aggressive than the first one, but is mellowed out by the end.
Groot Dancing – The movie does not waste any time whatsoever in using as much screen time for the audience’s favourite “Baby Groot”. During the opening credits, we see the Guardians getting ready to battle and defend the Sovereign’s batteries from a space monster, when Baby Groot connects the wires to the stereo, which blasts out music. He then proceeds to dance, chase space bugs, and ride a space reptile throughout the song. This scene just so happens to be my one gripe with Drax, as his only fight scene in the entire movie, we barely get to see any of it, as the camera was following Groot the entire time.
We meet Mantis at the same time as we meet Ego, but I will go into more detail for Ego below. Mantis has empathic abilities in the sense that she can sense feelings through touch, and able to manipulate the feelings of others at will. They changed the origin of her story for this movie, and it’ll be interesting if we ever truly discover Mantis’ past, or if they will introduce her comic book origins.
Ego, Peter Quill’s biological father, is a Celestial, a god, a living planet. He saves the Guardians from the Sovereign’s armada of ships after Rocket stole some of their batteries. He then invites Peter and his friends to his home to explain his legacy to him, after taking a leak in the woods (yes, that actually does happen in the movie). There, he reveals Peter’s history to him, and eventually teaches him about the legacy that he keeps mentioning. Peter has super powers of creation, easily explained as being able to create whatever he can possibly imagine / feel, or as explained in the movie “You are going to see some really weird shit!” A giant PAC-MAN is one of the things that he creates with this power (well, he was from the 80’s).
There was a huge twist in the movie, when it is finally revealed that Ego is the villain of the movie, and he plans on controlling the entire cosmos through the pieces of him that he left behind on every planet he has ever visited. It’s revealed that he used Yondu to pick up his many many many children throughout the years and bring them to him so that he can try and get their “legacy (the Celestial genes being passed to them, while being able to utilize the power of creation as Ego does)” to be revealed. When every single child of Ego’s legacy failed to manifest itself, he then proceeded to kill them all. He then states that out of the millions of children that he has had, that Peter, of Human heritage is the only one in which the power has manifested itself in.
The death of “I’m Mary Poppins Y’all!” was a beautiful death. He just saved Peter, who he loved as if he was his son. Telling Peter “He (Ego) may have been your father, but he was never really your daddy!” The funeral that followed was truly touching, and majestic. I felt in that moment, it brought the characters closer together, and will hopefully get Rocket to stop acting like an ass to his fellow Guardians. Nebula and Gamora’s relationship as ‘sisters’ seem on the best terms that it has ever been.
I had an interesting conversation with my brother in law about whether or not Peter still have his powers, as a Celestial. At first, I didn’t think so, because when the heart of the planet was destroyed, you see the power disappear from his hands. My brother in law then pointed out that that is because the part of Ego that was on that planet was destroyed, all Peter has to do is go to a planet that Ego planted a piece of himself, and his powers could come back, as Ego can never truly die as long as there are pieces of him on other planets (as how it happens in the comics). I am not sure about that, but would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.
There are 5, yes, 5 credit scenes in this movie, and all of them have the potential to be hinting at future movies involving the characters involved. The first one is with Kraglin, who is now wearing Yondu’s the fin and is trying to use the Arrow that Peter Quill gave to him after Yondu’s death. With Sean Gunn possibly being included in the Infinity War movie, there is a chance that we see him return wearing the fin, and being the “new Yondu”. The next scene includes Stakar, meeting up with the other captains of the Ravagers in person, which included notable comic book characters; Charlie – 27 played by Ving Rhames, Mainframe voiced by Miley Cyrus , Martinex played by Michael Rosenbaum, Aleta Ogord Michelle Yeoh, who were all part of the original guardians, as well as another character displaying the ability to use the mystic arts that was portrayed in the Doctor Strange Movie, Krugarr. James Gunn has stated in multiple interviews that there is a good chance that we will see more of this group of “original guardians”.
The following credit scene is all about Ayesha’s lust for defeating the Guardians once and for all, by creating Adam Warlock, who in the comics is the ultimate, perfect, super powered being, and is one of the most bad-ass characters in the comics. There are plans to include him somewhere in the MCU’s future.
The next couple of scenes are more comedic in nature, but could lead to something more interesting in the future. We see “teenage” Groot sarcastically “I am Groot” – ing to Peter, who is trying to convince him to clean his room and stop playing video games. The reason as to why it might play into future films, is that we will be seeing Groot either in his teenage form, or adult form for the next installment. The final scene is another short cameo of Stan Lee, finishing up the earlier conversation, recounting all of his cameos to the Watchers, and then them leaving him behind without a ride. It easily explains as to how he is in almost EVERY SINGLE Marvel movie.
Next time we will see the guardians will be in third Avengers movie called Infinity War, which will include all of the big characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Spoilers Are Done!!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I thought it expanded Peter’s story, and moved the characters towards maybe going to Earth. I would give this movie an 8.25/10.
What did you think of the movie? Do you agree with my score? What would you like to see for the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie? What are your hopes and thoughts on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for reading,