‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ (Film)

 

‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2’

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The Galaxy Won’t Save Itself…Obviously

I am Groot. I am Groot. I am Groot. I am Groot. I am Groot. I am…

Fortunately, I have the TARDIS translation circuits to turn what I say into English! 😀 Back in 2017, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ was the first ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie I reviewed on my blog. I didn’t know I would review both the first two ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies in detail on my blog.

I enjoyed watching ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ at the cinema back in May 2017. Back then, it had been a while since I saw the first movie at the cinema. But despite that long gap in between two films, I did find how easy it was to settle back into the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ world at the cinema.

On reflection, I don’t think you need to see the first film to know what ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is about. There are plot details that do get carried forward from the first into the second, but as a standalone film, it works very well and you can have a fun time in watching the characters featured.

I didn’t purchase ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ when it came out on DVD/Blu-ray after it was out at the cinema in 2017. I had it given to me by my parents as part of the ‘Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe – Phase Three: Part One’ DVD box set for Christmas 2018. It’s nice to have these films in a collection. 😀

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ features the well-established team from the first film. There’s the return of Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana as Gamora; Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Racoon. There’s also Vin Diesel as Baby Groot in the movie.

Yeah, in case you haven’t seen the first movie, the other Groot made a big sacrifice. Thankfully, a sapling grew out of the old Groot and a new one was born. The Guardians of the Galaxy team is still the same bunch of bickering and showy-off jerks that everybody knows and loves from the first film.

Once again, James Gunn returns to direct the second movie as he did for the first movie as well as write the screenplay. The movie also features Kurt Russell as Ego, Peter Quill’s father. It was a delight for me to see Kurt Russell as he played the Commander in ‘Sky High’, a favourite film of mine.

The story focuses a lot on Peter Quill’s story with him reunited with his father and learning more about what happened when his mother died from cancer. I enjoyed the story throughout this movie and there were plenty of humorous moments to be found for this outer-space Marvel extravaganza!

There was also the 1980s music atmosphere to be featured in the film as it was in the first film. During the opening titles sequence, I enjoyed it when Baby Groot was dancing to ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ performed by the Electric Light Orchestra on loud speakers whilst the others fought a gigantic squid.

Watching that scene with ELO’s song in the background put me in mind of the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘Love and Monsters’. I know that’s a bad example to think about, but I genuinely enjoyed hearing that song. I even found myself singing to it to myself whilst I was watched this film at the cinema. 😀

There are occasions where I did feel the movie was often too rude in places, especially concerning characters that were jerking off towards each other and talking awkward, inappropriate topics. An example here is when Drax asked Peter Quill’s daddy about whether he had…ahem…a penis or not.

Um, this film was released by Disney right? Disney does release films for kids, doesn’t it? And kids would be watching this kind of movie, wouldn’t they? How come they allowed this kind of dialogue to be included in an outer-space extravaganza like this? It felt rather awkward and uncomfortable for me.

Once again, I enjoyed the worlds created for this ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie as was the case in the first film. The variety of what other alien worlds looked like such as the Soveriegn’s home planet, Berhert and Ego’s Planet was compelling to watch especially for this zany outer space extravaganza.

There are occasions when the film went into flash-bang-wallop territory. This includes when our heroes fought the main villain at the end by going down deeper into Ego’s Planet. But the visuals of the movie in combining live-action and CGI effects was stupendous and pretty impressive to watch here.

I don’t think the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ films are my kind of superhero movies despite the impressive visuals going on. I do get put off by some of the characters’ jerky egos. But saying that, the development of the characters in this film as well as the first one has been very enjoyable to see!

Chris Pratt is very good as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the film. I enjoyed his journey in terms of how he gets reunited with his father Ego and learns why he left his mother all those years ago when she had cancer. There is a possibility that Peter may come to love the father that he never had during his life.

There’s also the interesting development between Peter Quill and Gamora. The two may feelings for each other. It is clear Peter’s interested in Gamora but she isn’t in him. As the film progresses, the two may have a stronger connection with each other compared to when they’d met in the first movie.

Peter still loves playing his 1980s music on his walkman. This is clearly emphasised throughout the film. 😀 I enjoyed how Peter bounces off other characters like Rocket, Drax and Groot. He also forms an unusual connection with Yondu Udonta who may actually be more his daddy than his real father.

Zoe Saldana is equally good as Gamora in the film. There’s more depth to her character than just a cold person with a warrior spirit. This is emphasised when she interacts with Peter in the film. She’s the one who encourages Peter to give his father a chance when they meet him after being rescued.

It was also interesting to see the development between Gamora and her ‘sister’ Nebula when the Guardians take her from the Sovereign in exchange for destroying the squid monster at the beginning of the film. There are times when Gamora seems to despise Nebula once she’s with them.

But there are also times when Gamora can be quite caring towards her ‘sister’. Even after Nebula attacks her with a gunship on Ego’s planet, Gamora still rescues her. Gamora even attempts to connect with her ‘sister’ with a hug towards the end of the movie. This was quite touching to watch.

Dave Bautista is pretty enjoyable as Drax the Destroyer. Drax is still the literal-minded person as he was in the first film. He can be quite insulting and rude without realising it, especially when he advises Peter not to go for Gamora as a love interest and saying he’ll find someone as stupid as him.

Such a charmer Drax is! 😀 Drax also continues to have a very funny laugh whenever moments of disaster happen such as when the Guardians’ spaceship crash-lands onto Berhert. He even laughs when Mantis reveals Peter’s sexual feelings for Gamora for everyone to hear. It was pretty amusing.

The comedic moments with Drax the Destroyer as well as with Rocket Racoon are some of my favourites in the movie. I also enjoyed it when Drax had a strange-kind of relationship with Mantis when he openly insults her in a positive way and she takes no offence to that.  It was quite amusing.

I greatly enjoyed Bradley Cooper as Rocket Racoon.

Rocket: “Don’t call me a raccoon!”

(to Rocket) It’s what you are, Rocket! Stop being in denial! (to audience) Rocket is still the jerkiest of the lot in the Guardians of the Galaxy team. He gets competitive with Peter Quill when they’re piloting their ship together and Rocket even steals batteries from the Sovereign to prove some point.

It was interesting to see the relationship he had with Baby Groot as well as Yondu Udonta when they work together. Despite the tough exterior and seeming to want people to hate him, Rocket can’t get rid of some compassionate side that he has in him. This is especially where he is rescuing his friends.

Rocket still loves to use his guns and shoot people. It was interesting to see Rocket having his own adventure and taking down some of Yondu’s Ravagers in a forest on Berhert. I didn’t like it when Rocket, Yondu, Groot and Kraglin had their faces distorted when jumping dimensions at high speeds.

“I am Groot.” Vin Diesel as Baby Groot was enjoyable to see. “I am Groot.” Of course, Baby Groot could easily have been shoved into the background of the movie. “I am Groot.” But thankfully the movie didn’t do that. “I am Groot.” The film saw him both doing funny and useful things throughout.

“I am Groot.” I enjoyed it when Baby Groot was told to fetch Yondu’s Finn whilst everybody on his ship was asleep. “I am Groot.” This is of course when everybody mutinied against Yondu in the film. “I am Groot.” Baby Groot does keep fetching the wrong things for Yondu and Rocket once he returns.

“I am Groot.” I didn’t like it when Groot became sick after jumping across dimensions at high speeds in space. “I am Groot.” I thought that was inappropriate. “I am Groot.” I found it funny when Rocket told Groot which switches to press on a certain bomb and Groot kept getting it wrong. “I am Groot.”

Like I said, I was pleased to see Kurt Russell as Ego, Peter Quill’s dad in the movie after watching him in the Disney superhero film ‘Sky High’. It was interesting to see his character unveiled as he starts off being a sincere, loving father figure for Peter when he’s reunited with him after such a long time.

It turns out Ego is a Celestial that happens to have god-like powers and has travelled the universe for quite a bit. There’s a flashback scene at the beginning of the film where Ego is seen falling in love with Peter’s mom Meredith when they dated in the woods of Missouri, 1980 before she had a child.

As the film progresses, it turns out there’s more to Ego than it seems. It got tense when Peter learned the truth about his father putting the tumour in his mother’s head. Peter right-out shoots him with guns and soon father and son battle each other. Peter goes as Pac-Man in the fight too! 😀

The film also features Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, the blue-skinned bandit leader of the alien Ravagers and the one who picked up Peter Quill from Earth all those years ago. He still loves using that telekinetic arrow and control-fin as he did in the first film. I loved that ‘Mary Poppins’ moment!

Karen Gillan returns as Nebula, Gamora’s ‘sister’ in the movie. It was nice to see Karen again as I know her for playing Amy Pond in ‘Doctor Who’. I like how this film depicts Nebula turning out not to be the plain villain she seemed to be from the first film as more is developed between her and Gamora.

This film introduces Pom Klementieff as Mantis, who is an empath that works for Ego in the film. I like how she gets introduced in the film since she seems a gentle, sensitive soul. She forms an interesting connection and bond with Drax and she may provide the key to sending evil Ego to sleep.

Elizabeth Debicki stars as Ayesha, the gold High Priestess of the…Sovereign (and that’s not a joke by the way). The Sovereign do get obsessed with taking down and destroying the Guardians once and for all after Rocket steals some of their batteries. They seem to have a high opinion of themselves.

There’s also Chris Sullivan as…Taserface (yes, laugh at that). I found it amusing when Rocket kept making fun of his name as well as others such as some of the Ravagers and one of the Sovereign. Taserface leads the mutiny against Yondu Udonta when he’s so convinced his leader is incompetent.

Sean Gunn stars as Kraglin, Yondu’s second-in-command of the Ravagers. This film sees Kraglin in a meatier role compared to the first film. Kraglin sees what goes on during the mutiny and he eventually helps Yondu, Rocket and Groot to escape their prison cell and locate the other Guardians.

There’s a special guest appearance of Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord, Yondu’s high-ranking commander. Sylvester Stallone doesn’t do anything as Stakar Ogord in this film. He’s mostly there early on in the film and at the end when Yondu tragically dies in the movie. More on that bit later on.

The film also features Laura Haddock back as Meredith, Peter’s mom. There’s also Howard the Duck voiced by Seth Green (I’m still not over this! What?!) and canine actor Fred as Cosmo. Oh these two came back! And only for a brief cameo! Why couldn’t we have seen more of these two in this movie?

The film also features Stan Lee doing a cameo as an informant to the Watchers, extraterrestrials that watched the multi-verse. Stan makes mention of the cameo he did in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ as the FedEx deliveryman. I’m surprised he didn’t say he posted something to a ‘Tony Stank’ in that. 😀

Once again, the action sequences; the outer-space sequences; the comedy and the drama are reasonably well-balanced in the film by director James Gunn. The set designs for the worlds featured in ‘Vol. 2’ look pretty impressive and it makes me wonder if the outer galaxies are really like that. 😀

Like I said, the film features the sad death of Yondu Udonta. This is when he rescues Peter Quinn from the destruction of Ego and his planet. Yondu sacrifices himself to save Quill before he dies in the vacuum of space. This was pretty sad to watch and it turns out Yondu didn’t ill-treat Peter much.

Everybody becomes upset by the death of Yondu and a funeral takes place with the Guardians holding it. Everyone attends including dozens of Ravager ships, one led by Stallone’s character. And….I found this funeral long-winded. Don’t get me wrong. It’s good to have a memorial for Yondu.

But this is for a character that wasn’t one of the Guardians and one we didn’t really know much about. I didn’t have the emotional connection for Yondu like everyone else. If it was one of the main characters, it’d be different. Like that would ever happen… (realises; knows what’s coming)…oh no!

The Blu-ray special features of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ are as follows. There’s a visionary intro by director James Gunn and a four-part feature called ‘Bonus Round: The Making of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ which includes ‘In the Director’s Chair with James Gunn’; ‘Reunion Tour: The Music of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’; ‘Living Planets and Talking Tree: The Visual Effects of ‘Vol. 2’ and ‘Showtime: The Cast of ‘Vol. 2’. There’s also a music video for ‘Guardians Inferno’ by the Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff; a gag reel; deleted scenes and an audio commentary with director James Gunn.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ is an enjoyable outer-space movie experience for me. It’s not the greatest movie for me and I’ve heard people say that the first film is better than the second. But I found it a very entertaining film and there were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments to enjoy from it.

‘THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY WILL RETURN!’ Yes! They will! They’ll return for two ‘Avengers’ movies after this one and there’s also the promise of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ with James Gunn back as the director. The cast are thankful for it since he got fired recently by Disney over tweets.

There are a series of mid and post-credits scenes at the end. This includes Kraglin trying to control Yondu’s telekinetic arrow and control-fin, Stallone’s character reuniting with his ex-teammates; the gold Ayesha creating a new artificial being to destroy the Guardians; Peter Qull checking up on Groot who is now a ‘teenager’ and Stan Lee getting abandoned by his group of disinterested Watchers. 😀

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ rating – 8/10


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2 thoughts on “‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ (Film)

  1. Timelord 007

    Great review, i like both Guardian movies but the first one edges it slightly as it seems bigger as this felt slightly smaller, however Quill discovery of how his mom died at the hands of his father he just goes nuts which was a very intense shocking scene.

    But for me Yondu who makes this film & his self sacrifice had me in tears for me that’s what made the film a 8/10 instead of a 7/10 it a emotional believable scene & shows Yondu’s true heart of not killing a young Peter at the orders of Ego.

    Bit miffed by all time favourite action hero Sylvester Stallone didn’t get involved in any of the action, he & Michael Rooker appeared together in Cliffhanger which i highly recommend you see.

    Great review Tim & perfectly summed up, as i said originally i rated this 7/10 but the shock twist of Ego actions & Yondu’s emotional sacrifice has given it a extra mark to 8/10.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’.

      Yeah I agree. The first film feels better than the second since it was a new experience for me at the time and I didn’t know anything about ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ beforehand through the comics. Like you said, it felt bigger too. But I still enjoyed both films at the cinema when I saw them and that scene where Peter Quill lashes out at his father for the death of his mother, shooting him constantly was very tense and shocking to watch. 😀

      Yeah thinking about it, Yondu’s self-sacrifice was pretty emotional and I’m glad you rate this higher than before concerning that self-sacrifice. It makes Yondu less the harsher character that he seemed to be implied for the first movie regarding Peter’s upbringing by him. I liked it when he rescued Peter from Ego’s planet and turned out to be more the daddy than Peter’s actual father was. I just felt the funeral scene went on for too long when I saw it on the big screen. Even my best mate Stephen felt like that when we watched at the cinema in 2017. But still, a heartbreaking and poignant ending nonetheless.

      I was disappointed Sylvester Stallone wasn’t in the movie much too. It felt like he was going to have a big role from seeing his name in the opening credits. But nope. He just did a few scenes which was disappointing. Hopefully he’ll have a bigger role in the next ‘Guardians’ film. I’ve not seen ‘Cliffhanger’ with Stallone and Rooker. Thanks for suggesting it to me.

      Many thanks for your comments, Simon. Glad you enjoyed my review on this movie.

      Looking forward to seeing ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ next and doing my full review on that.

      Tim. 🙂

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