J and I recently (finally!) saw Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I was really excited to see the latest installment of the franchise, since I love, love, loved the first one! So for anyone who’s been living under a rock for the past few years, Chris Pratt portrays Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, an earthling traveling through space with rag tag group of anti heroes, who have dubbed themselves “The Guardians of the Galaxy”. But we all know them right? Good! So moving on…
The story: lack luster, for Peter finally finding his father after not knowing him his whole life, it’s pretty lame. Kurt Russell, Ego, a Celestial, finally connects with Peter only to use him to destroy the universe, and rebuild it in his image? More like egomaniac #Godcomplex #daddyissues. Then we have the Nebula-Gamora arc: will Nebula kill Gamora only then to exact her revenge on Thanos? Will Gamora kill Nebula and move on with her life? No! Nebula finally forgives Gamora only to then go on a fools errand to find Thanos and try to kill him, again #daddyissues. Of course Yondu makes an appearance, his crew mutinies against him and chaos insues. Then he finally shows some compassion and helps the Guradians destroy Ego, #I’mMaryPoppinsY’all. Then we come to my favourite and potentially only redeeming part of the film: Baby Groot, so we all know Groot sacrificed him self at the end of the first film, and was a sprout in a pot, now Groot is out of the pot and causing trouble as only a toddler can. He was always the most bad ass character IMO and he gets better scene by scene.
The music: The first film’s soundtrack was one of the best in recent memory, jam packed with great classic rock hits that just kept coming. This time around some of the songs may be a higher caliber like “My Sweet Lord” (I mean a freaking Beatle wrote it for Christ’s sake), but overall it’s just okay…
The credit scenes are good, but there are so damn many of them, they really need to simmer down, although the last one, where we see Groot as a teenager is quite funny.
Overall it was both a great and not great film, it looked great, the effect and “fight” sequences were awesome. The music, meh, it left a lot to be desired. And Baby Groot stole the show. Give it a watch, maybe two, but don’t expect the super fantastic film that the fist one was. And on that note, it’s time to end!
All for now,
Title from: Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra