Review: Guardians of the Galaxy 2: For the Feels

If I can sum up Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in one word it would be ‘overload’. It bonked you over the head with its theme of daddy issues, then distracted you with laser battles, but that’s Marvel, isn’t it? It’s fun, but it waddles with fat pockets of story and mayhem.

If you’ve seen the trailers, Ego is Peter Quill’s father. That’s as much as I can tell you without spoilers.

Guardians 2 is about bridges, building them and destroying them. There are revelations, regrets, anger, and understanding. Every character gets his moment in the spotlight. If that wasn’t enough, the movie introduced even more major characters and got their stories in too.

I think the director was so driven to live up to, or surpass the first film that he overwhelmed the audience with too many characters and agendas. It packs story, back story, conflict, and characters until there’s no room for anything else. That’s always going to be an issue for a franchise with a huge universe. It’s the director’s job to pick and choose which story and character to grow and which to shove to the shadows. The movie is cinematic candy, but it’s bloated, as if frosted with a heavy hand.

The first movie was sleeker and hungrier than this one. It had a bad boy attitude with a warm, gooey center. Guardians 2 not only had an extra helping of attitude, it threw in a nougat shell, laser rifles, and a gooey center even sweeter than the first movie.

I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but it could’ve been a lot smarter with a little more focus.

The music is great as always. I was tapping my foot without realizing it. Not that it matters, since my feet can’t reach the floor anyway.

Baby Groot stole EVERY scene, and Rocket, well, you just gotta love Rocket. Rocket is that evil genius you wish was your brother.

The revelations are the best part of the movie. You come to realize, along with Peter and his gang what is truth, and what is family. It’s not always what we think it is. When you see the movie, you’ll know exactly what I mean. There are more sides to Peter’s story than we were led to believe.

There was only one thing that I really hated about the movie. It’s the ‘props’ Ego (Peter’s dad) used to tell him about his back story. Pathetic! You’d think any company that spent millions of dollars on this movie could do better than digital mannequins. It was really cheesy.

Aside from that, is it worth seeing?

Heck, yeah. I’m looking forward to getting this on dvd so I can catch all the rapid fire innuendoes I missed.

By the way, stay until the very end. There are several codas inserted during and after the credits. The best one is with Groot, of course. Moms (and dads) everywhere will identify with that scene.

See the movie, get the popcorn, and if you’re the sentimental type, keep some tissues nearby. You’ll need them.

I am Groot.

Are you seeing Guardians 2? Have you seen it? Do you agree or disagree with my review?

 

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6 Comments

  1. Angela Brown

    I was probably one of the last people in the world to watch the first Gaurdians of the Galaxy. So it may be a while for me to catch the second one. But maybe I’ll get a chance to catch it before it leaves the theaters this time.

  2. Thanks for the review and the advice to stay until the very end. We usually do, but worth the effort this time I’m thinking. I am not a fan of these type of movies but hubby is so I “go along for the ride.” I did like the first one with I Am Groot. I imagine Baby Groot is very adorable. We were planning to possibly catch the movie this weekend.

    betty

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