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The first Guardians of the Galaxy movie is definitely in my top 3 favorite Marvel universe movies, and I think is one of the best written and acted movies in recent cinematic history. It blended humor and heart, and was a nice introduction for these characters into the Avengers-world fold. In honor of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 being released on digital tomorrow (August 8), I thought I would make it today’s Movie Monday.
If you want to, check out my Movie Monday post on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1.
This will be a relatively spoiler-free review.
About the Movie
Volume 2 picks up months after the end of the first movie with the Guardians living up to their new role as… wait for it… guardians of the galaxy. We open as they, led by Star-Lord aka Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), are in the middle of an assignment – charged by the Sovereign to protect their Anulax batteries from the Abilisk, the guardians are seemingly outmatched. Of course after some back and forth and a nice soundtrack provided by Groot (voice of Vin Diesel), they are able to destroy the Abilisk and complete their mission. The Sovereign thank them by returning Gamora’s (Zoe Saldana), sister Nebula (Karen Gillan) to them so they can collect the bounty on her. The Sovereign priestess does not have any love for the Guardians, which is far from resolved when she finds out that Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) has stolen some of their batteries.
They are chased by Sovereign drones around the galaxy and are able to evade them but they crash land on a mysterious planet. It isn’t long before another ship follows and lands near them. A man exits the ship and introduces himself as Ego (Kurt Russell), who happens to be Peter’s father, who has been looking for him all these years. He invites some of the gang back to his planet where they can get more acquainted. Rocket and Groot stay behind with their prisoner, Nebula.
Meanwhile, the Ravagers and Peter’s “adoptive” father, Yondu (Michael Rooker), track the Guardians’ crashed ship and join them. There’s a battle between the Ravagers, and Groot and Rocket. The Ravagers gain the upper hand and Nebula aligns herself with them. A little while later, the Ravagers, unhappy with Yondu’s seeming softness toward Peter and the Guardians, stage a coup overthrowing him. They all leave to go after Peter and Ego, but not before kidnapping Rocket and Groot and locking Yondu up.
Back on Ego’s planet, Peter learns about who his father is and what he can do. Ego has powers and can create living things, like planets, that feed Ego’s energy. Only problem is that he doesn’t have enough power anymore, so he needs Peter to help. He teaches Peter that he too has powers, and shows him how to use them. While Peter and Ego bond, Ego’s assistant Mantis (Pom Klementieff) shows Drax (Dave Bautista) and Gamora around and helps them get settled. She’s a nervous being, who seems to try and warn the gang a few times of something, but is unable to get past her loyalty to her boss.
On the Ravager ship, Rocket, Groot and Yondu, are able to gain some control back over the rest of the Ravagers and manage to overthrow the coup’s leader. Yondu knows Peter’s dad and why he sent him all those years ago to pick up Peter. He knows that
Peter is in trouble and they all band together, even Nebula, to get to Ego’s planet.
On Ego’s planet, Gamora gets a bad feeling and decides to investigate, after looking around she figures out that there is something fishy going on with Peter’s dad and his planet. It all comes to a head when Ego brainwashes Peter and the group has to come together, with Nebula, Yondu, and the remaining Ravagers, to take on Ego and save Peter.
I thought this movie was really good – not as good as the first movie, but still as good as I expected it to be. I liked how there was more character development with Nebula and Yondu, two underrated characters in the first movie. The first ten minutes were a little trippy though. The cinematography is very bright throughout this movie. It’s hard to explain, there are just a lot of colors going on. You’ll know what I mean if you watch it.
I was surprised at how much less screen time that Peter Quill had in this movie. Yes, the plot revolved around him, but it was really the rest of the cast that carried the movie. Rocket and Groot definitely stole the show, and Drax got some of the best one-liners.
Overall I thought it was good and pretty much what you expect from a Marvel movie. Definitely not disappointed. I saw it in theaters, and I never really feel like I can totally take it in when I watch movies at the theater. So I am looking forward to watching it again because there was a lot going on, and I feel like it’s impossible to fully immerse yourself in a movie like that on the first watch.
That’s all for this one. Thank you so much for reading!
Until next time,