The Guardians of the Galaxy are back for a group hug
The Guardians are back and still in their own self-contained side story. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 picks up with our Guardians as protectors for hire while still being themselves. Oh, and Baby Groot is now in toddler stage.
The whole cast returns with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt leading the better coordinated team of Gamora (Zoe Saldana, Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and the dancing machine baby Groot (Vin Diesel) as they continue taking missions and living the dream as it were. There is no reference at all to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe we have seen so far and that doesn’t change with this. Since Guardians acts as its own self-contained film it has to have a core theme and this one is about family.
Guardians explores family in a lot of different ways. Its definitely not what most people are walking in expecting. Underneath the flashy space battles every single character explores what family means to them. This film is full of subplots. Gamora and Nebula realize what sisters by adoption really means to each of them. Beyond their mutual hatred of Thanos they both see how they were raised very differently. Yondu and his band of ravagers explore not only their own family unit and sibling rivalry, Yondu also has many journeys as we get a much more detailed view of why he does what he does, and how being exile from the Ravagers makes him feel. The Ravager leaders though, cue the cameos, Sylvester Stallone, Ving Rhames and Michelle Yeoh all make appearances.
The family theme doesn’t stop there, as we are introduced to Ego (Kurt Russell), Peter Quill’s father and they finally have an actual meeting. We even get some flashback with Peter’s pre-cancer pre-Peter mom Meredith. There’s a lot to unpack here and for people who are currently going thru some tough and traumatic family things this movie will come out of left field at you. This isn’t going to be the escapism that most Comic movies are. Don’t get caught out there. There is a lot to be said for the way that they make everyone reflect on their families. Drax even explores more deeply what attracted him to his wife. The family dynamic doesn’t stop there, stick around to the end credits to see the next Groot life stage. Guardians is going to be a feel trip for some people, might as well get that permission slip signed.
Is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 better than the first? Well yes and no. if you go into it expecting to further the Marvel Cinematic Universe you are going to be disappointed. If you go into it getting more depth about the characters you are going to be pleased. Of course everyone in it for the soundtrack is already a winner.
My Rating: Full Price
Director: James Gunn
Release Date: May 5, 2017
Run time: 2 hours 16 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Pay for 3D: Yes