Review – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-58ba19df58b78One of the biggest surprises and risks in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was Guardians of the Galaxy. This was a film that took plenty of bold choices, hoping to immediately create this immense and independent universe of characters and worlds that people were sort of forced to get acquainted with in just a couple hours. Amazingly, they did it though, surprising everyone. Marvel was always good at not only doing the beloved stories we’ve heard our whole lives, but also the stories we may not have heard about, and that’s what they are doing now. I was always very highly anticipating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, because, for a long time, the first film was my favorite MCU movie (until Doctor Strange).  So how was this sequel? Well, let’s get into it.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 follows our favorite team of heroes in space once more as Quill finally learns more about his heritage…when his mysterious father shows up in his life again. The rest of the team also get more acquainted with each other as each member teams up with someone else, so lots of dynamics happening here.

I don’t have a problem with the dynamic atmosphere between the characters. In fact, I think it’s all pretty important for the expansion of character development. You have Quill and Gamora, Gamora and Nebula, Quill and Ego, Drax and Mantis, and Rocket and Yondu is probably the most interesting dynamic out of the bunch. I don’t have a problem with any of that, I have a problem with the story. As you can see from my plot analysis, I didn’t have much to tell you regarding story other than Peter’s dad showing up, and the mystery surrounding him.  There is no story.  I’m not even kidding. The lack of story is astounding.

But the story isn’t the only important thing that makes up the Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s at least two other main elements – music choice and comedy, and both of those things were particularly evident in the follow-up. The comedy was probably better here than the original, the music was probably better in the original than in this one, but both films had pretty decent music choices in general, so it still felt like a GotG film, just had a weaker plot…that’s okay though, right? Meh. Depends on who you ask.

The story is its biggest drawback, though. Without that, you don’t have the greatest or clearest villain. There are a couple of main villains in this movie, and I won’t really go into what those are, due to spoilers or whatever, but because of all of the humor and comedy, sometimes the harshness or seriousness of the villain(s) don’t feel threatening enough. In parts, sure, but not really. Anyways, let’s get into the details.

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PEOPLE SCORE – 10/10
Acting – 2|Characters – 2|Casting – 2|Importance – 2|Chemistry – 2

Like I said earlier, this was a very strong character-oriented film…and when you have that kind of strength in the characters, everything else follows suit. The acting is still pretty top notch in general, there was definitely perfect casting going on here, and this has always been a very team-happy franchise. Everyone has their own strengths and adds to the plot…no doubt…finally, the chemistry is there, it is noticeable, and it is strong.

WRITING SCORE – 6/10
Dialogue – 2|Balanced – 0|Story – 0|Originality – 2|Interesting – 2

Even with a pretty horribly non-existent story, it has pluses at other spots. There are so many one-liners in this movie, just like the first, most come from Drax this time, for example…”Ha, ha, ha, ha! I have famously huge turds!” Drax was definitely hilarious in this film. There was no story and very little balance, though. The balance was a bit all over the place, as we are introduced to so many characters, so many worlds, so many things we have to keep track of, and at times, it seems a little too much to grasp onto. Originality was good, though. Everything still feels fresh and new, and this is Guardians of the Galaxy, so of course it’s interesting.

BTS SCORE – 10/10
Visuals – 2|Directing – 2|Editing – 2|Advertisement – 2|Music – 2

Again, even with a poor story, that doesn’t necessarily mean the director gets bad points every time. The director really knows how to tell a story, even if there’s no much to work off of. I love the way he had the camera moving around. I love the angles, the shots, the wide shots…everything was really crisp and looked nice, which brings me to the visuals. This is another very colorful science fiction film filled with colorful galaxies, planets, and characters. The editing, whenever you have multiple characters to focus on and edit back and forth, has to be done right…and they did it right. This movie was as advertised, and the music (as always) was pretty awesome…but we’ll get to that a little later.

NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 9/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 1

Alright, so the story arc was pretty neutral here. The introduction was a pretty clear and obvious introduction. We are re-introduced to the guardians, the sovereign, and ultimately, Quill’s dad. The inciting incident is when Quill decides to go to his father’s planet and learn about his heritage. The obstacles…I mean, it is  a superhero movie. The climax was definitely built up and was pretty epic altogether. Finally, there was a little bit of a falling action, but that’s about it.

ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 7/10
Rewatchability – 2|Fun – 2|Impulse/Buy – 1|Impulse/Talk – 0|Sucks Audience IN – 2

How entertaining was it? Well, I consider this a perfectly fun and rewatchable movie, as it never has any issues drawing you in and just letting you have fun watch it. I would buy it, but probably not right away, as I’d wait for a cheaper version of it. However, I can’t really say it gives me any real impulse to talk about it, which the first one definitely gave me.

SPECIALTY QUESTIONS – 45/50
Sequel – 10|MCU – 5|Comedy – 10|Music – 10|Halway Decent – 10

Alright, finally, we are at the specialty questions written before seeing the movie. First of all, how is this as a direct sequel? Meaning, how does it fit in the GotG franchise? I think it fits rather perfectly in its own franchise…I don’t think it’s really all that important when it comes to the MCU, though. I think you could still watch the next Avengers movie without seeing this one. The comedy is definitely top notch, though. The music choices aren’t really as perfect as the first movie, though. I feel like the choices in the first movie were like…the Top 10, and these are like 11-20. Still pretty great, but not as good as they could be. So, I still gave it full points, because I’m not here to just compare. Finally, I definitely consider this a halfway decent film, and you should check it out!

RATING – 87/100

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