On May 5th, Marvel released their second edition of Guardians of the Galaxy, coined Vol.2 of the series. It is the latest in a string of successful films, taking in $145 million on the opening weekend, according to Business Insider. Guardians 2 was open at Bonner Mall Cinema as well, and it’s popularity was even more impressive when considering the movies it competed with—all its competition were PG-13 or under and didn’t isolate younger audiences.
Guardians 2 had extremely refined visual effects, especially in a 3-D showing. Also, the song selection was just as fun as the first, featuring songs such as “Mr. Blue Sky” from the 70’s. However, the plot line was driven by the action scenes and created a lack of detailed stories. Fortunately, most characters were already present in the first Guardians, and didn’t need explanation.
A driving theme through the film was family, whether it be between the Guardians, Quills’ father, or Gamora with her sister. The given conclusions to these relationships felt somewhat forced and predictable—there is nothing new with a main character finding his father only to be betrayed by him. Despite this, there are many interesting new elements from the old films, such as the plant/celestial being “Ego” and genetically modified races.
The guardian characters stress humor quite a lot in the dialogue, and while there are some funny one-liners most of it lacks wit. More humorous are scenes with Groot and, ironically, the action sequences. During the fighting, lots of the action can be taken fairly lightheartedly instead of serious and dramatic scenes. Speaking of the action, it is extremely well done both in graphics and its overall progression. It is here that the guardians show their draw to audiences and why the film can afford to rely so heavily on the action.
Overall, the innovative take on action and humor outweighs the forced plot, and fans of the first film will definitely enjoy the sequel. Because of this, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 scores 4/5 stars.