My sweet Star-Lord
The first Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the first films I reviewed when I originally started this site and I remember how much I enjoyed writing about it just as much as I did watching it (not a bad way to spend a birthday). At the time, it was my favorite movie by Marvel up until Logan took that spot but in regards to fun, Guardians of the Galaxy, more than any other superhero movie out there, does it better. You can imagine my glee in anticipation for Vol. 2 to see Star-Lord and the gang getting into mischief all over again which sure enough continues the trademarks of the first film from its' stunning sci-fi imagery, memorable classic songs and that comic-book magic that makes the film's tone pop. The sequel picks up about three months after the events of the first film (note: in case you're wondering, both the original and this sequel take place in 2014) as Peter (Chris Pratt) and the Guardians are now well-known for their actions and for saving the galaxy. The team is hired by the Sovereign race leader Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) for a security job in exchange for Gamora's (Zoe Saldana) estranged fugitive sister Nebula (Karen Gillan) who was caught stealing from the Sovereign. Unfortunately, the Guardians get into a complicated mess of sorts when Rocket (Bradley Cooper) gets the team in a predicament which leads to them getting hunted down by the Sovereign and coming face to face with the mysterious Ego (Kurt Russell) who has a unique connection with Peter in more than one way. Sequels tend to get a bad rap when trying to follow up on the success and popularity of the original. There are some that don't carry the uniqueness or quality that was so well-defined in the original and then there are others that go in a different approach to help expand on the original; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 follows the latter and it does so brilliantly. James Gunn's direction continues to show the heart he puts into these characters and his amazing talent to make moviegoers sympathize with this group and their issues; such as Peter's longing for a father figure, Gamora and Nebula's sister rivalry, Groot's adolescence, Rocket's hesitation of being part of the group, and Drax's capacity to be open about his feelings with others. There's no denying that film isn't lacking any character development as watching our heroes mature humanely is entertaining to watch; that's not to say it offsets the colorful action and CGI wizardry which has been cranked to an 11 this time around, and don't even get me started on the soundtrack which was literally so (no pun intended) awesome it even had my dad singing a little inside the theater, and surprisingly no one seemed to mind. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a terrifically entertaining sequel that stands equally to the first film and is another great entry in Marvel's ever-growing library and will definitely get you hooked on a feeling once again. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes highly recommended.