For this edition of “In Case You Haven’t Seen It” I’m going to give you my review of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Actually I’m giving two reviews, one short, the other long:
Short – Dude! This movie is great, go see it!
Long – Now for a little more detail. <<SPOILERS BELOW!!>>
James Gunn is at it again. Marvel Studios and the writer/director of the first Guardians flick have another hit on their hands. Right out the gate, Vol2 rolls with action, action, action, but what makes this a quality film is how a good story is told through entertaining character development.
Peter Quill, aka Star Lord (played by Chris Platt) leads the Guardians as they take on interstellar freelance jobs worthy of their unique skill set. On one particular job, the heroic team of Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Bradley Cooper, voice), and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel, voice) backup Star Lord in protecting highly powerful batteries from a starship-sized monster that’s mostly tentacles and teeth.
At the end of an action-packed scene, the monster is dead and the batteries are safe. Ayesha, The leader of a golden-skinned race of people called the Sovereign is grateful to the Guardians for their work. She hands over the promised payment, Gamora’s estranged and hateful sister Nebula (Karen Gillan). The plan is to collect the bounty on Nebula but that goes south when it’s discovered that Rocket has helped himself to some of the batteries they were hired to protect. The once grateful Ayesha, sends a few hundred fighter ships to get her property back. This action results in a space battle with thousands of laser blasts exchanged, and a crash-landing of the Guardians’ ship. A mystery man prevents the team’s total destruction by personally vaporizing the fighter ships. The story gets traction when the mystery man named Ego (Kurt Russell) walks up to Peter Quill and says “Hey, I’m your long lost daddy!” That’s not an exact quote.
But it is the beginning of a chain of character development events in this movie. A number of relationships are expertly crafted for the sake of story: Peter and Ego, Peter and Gamora, Gamora and Nebula, even Peter and Rocket. During the process of moving these character connections forward, we see family working together and family at each other’s throats. One unexpected relationship exploration is the one between Peter Quill and Yondu (Michael Rooker). We get a real explanation as to why Yondu gives Peter so much slack. We also get a great death scene.
All of the relationship elements, the introduction of new characters like Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and the perfect mix of humor combine to create a high-energy film with spectacular action and meaningful story-telling. The one and only negative thing I can say about this movie is that I was hoping it would advance the Infinity War storyline and it doesn’t. Nevertheless this movie gets 4 out of 5 stars.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is a Marvel Studios film starring Chris Platt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista. Written and Directed by James Gunn.