Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Review

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Directed & Written by James Gunn

Based on Guardians of the Galaxy by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Kurt Russell

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

My Opinion:

I was so unbelievably excited for this sequel. I absolutely loved the first Guardians Of The Galaxy (review HERE). I think, having become pretty sick of superhero movies doing the SAME DAMN THINGS OVER & OVER AGAIN these past several years, I really bought into these characters & this universe as it finally felt like we were getting a slightly different sort of superhero movie. I prefer lighthearted humor in my superhero movies to the dreariness of things like Nolan’s Batman trilogy (those films, other than Ledger’s performance, have really started to go down in my estimation). I guess I’ve just never taken these sort of movies seriously so, for me, one with a sense of humor works better. Plus, of course, the soundtrack was indeed awesome! An awesome soundtrack will always make me like a movie even more. And… Groot. GROOT! I love Groot. Who doesn’t love Groot?

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is, exactly as I was hoping & expecting, loads of fun but not as good as the first film. Which is fine as it’s hard to top that first film. I always enjoy the introduction of new characters and seeing them get to know each other, which was especially great in the first film and obviously missing from this one. We get to see our main characters’ relationships with each other develop a little more but not quite as much as I’d hoped. But, hey – you know there’ll be another one of these films (and I’ll happily be watching it) so hopefully we’ll get even more character development in the next film. I can’t really say we learned much more about these characters than we did the first time around.

I’ll say that, for this sequel, they’ve upped the humor even more. Maybe they felt the need to after Deadpool? I’m certainly not complaining – I’m loving this “funny superhero movie” thing. Between this and The LEGO Batman Movie and that great trailer for the next Thor film, I’m starting to actually enjoy these superhero movies again instead of almost finding them a chore to sit through. For example: I didn’t even bother with Batman V Superman or Suicide Squad but hubby probably wants to see Wonder Woman and I suppose that means I should catch up on those I’ve missed, but…. Meh! Sounds like way too much work. If that’s the way I feel about having to watch a movie, being a movie-obsessed blogger, they’re clearly doing something wrong with those films. Right? The Guardians films aren’t a chore. They’re fun and I actually enjoy them. That’s the way it should be.

If you loved the first film, you’ll definitely like this one too. If you don’t love the sense of humor thing but want to watch a superhero movie, I’d say there’s still plenty here that you’ll like. The story is… Okay. As far as superhero stories go, it’s pretty standard stuff (to be honest, I hardly ever fully remember the stories in superhero films). But it’s the main characters who really make these two films and they again don’t disappoint. People my age are also gonna love the involvement of a couple of big actors in this one (I actually have no clue if this has been kept under wraps so I’ll say no more other than that I felt a little funny seeing someone again at first. In a good way… πŸ˜‰ ). There’s also enough serious stuff going on to balance out the humor so that this feels like a Marvel film and doesn’t go full-on silly like some cheesy Eighties flick. It’s probably quite a hard balance to achieve and I think these films stay on the right side of the line. I love these characters and I don’t think we’d care about them as much as we do if the movies were too silly.

Yes, I really enjoyed Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. As expected, it’s not as good as the first but it’s still a worthy sequel that will keep fans happy and wanting more. And it’s a hell of a lot more fun than most superhero films these days. Give me Groot over moody Batman! Speaking of Groot, I’ll finish with him and with the soundtrack as these are the two things that really make me adore these movies.

If you don’t like Baby Groot, you aren’t going to like this movie (or me, since we can’t be friends if you don’t like Baby Groot). πŸ˜‰ They clearly knew they were on to a winner with this character and his adorable cuteness is used to full effect. As my hubby asked afterwards, did they rely on him a little too much in this film? Hmm. Probably. But I loved each & every Baby Groot scene. You can’t have too much of a good thing! But if you prefer moody Batman, you probably don’t love these films or Baby Groot anyway. I’m sure Guardians fans will love the excessive Groot cuteness as much as I did. As for the soundtrack: Once again, it was pretty awesome. But definitely not as awesome as the first one. Damn! I avoided looking at the tracklisting beforehand as I wanted all the songs to be a surprise. Maybe it was less impressive since it wasn’t as unexpected the second time around? Still, though, there are some great songs and it’s a lot better than 99% of movie soundtracks these days so I’m just being overly picky because I love the first film. But I’m happy with this sequel and am already looking forward to seeing these characters in more films.

My Rating: 8/10

Is there a scene after the credits?: Hahaha! It’s a Marvel film! Do I really need to answer this? πŸ˜‰ Okay… No. There isn’t one. There’s… Four? I think it was four. I lost count. And, yes, they are SO worth staying for. Especially two of them. There are scenes throughout the credits plus one after the credits. So hold your pee as one of the two best is that very final one.

Stan Lee cameo: Hubby loved it and said it was probably the best one yet. He knows a lot more about this Marvel stuff than I do but I’m pretty sure you can read about it if you want to as I’ve already seen lots of people talking about this one. πŸ™‚

32 thoughts on “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Review

  1. Your review has me so pumped for this movie now!! I’m reading a lot of reviews that say it’s not as good as the first movie, but that’s to be expected. Love you saying that it’s upped it’s humor to even be comparable in humor to Deadpool!!!

    • Ha! Well, it’s certainly no Deadpool. I mean, it’s FAIRLY family friendly, at least. ; ) I’ve avoided reviews so far so don’t actually know what the general opinion is… Hope you like it! πŸ™‚

  2. I’m quite split on this film — some bits I thought were excellent, others less so. I did enjoy it on the whole, but it got a little self indulgent; like, “we know you enjoyed this stuff the first time, so here’s LOADS more of it”.

    Though, funnily enough, I thought there could’ve been more Baby Groot! From that bit in the trailer where he attacks the guy on the gantry, I was expecting a whole “Baby Groot goes loco” sequence, but what they showed in the trailer was basically the whole thing.

    Spoiler-y question: which was the final end credits scene? There were so many I can’t remember which order they were in!

    • I can see where you’re coming from on that – they definitely did the whole “here’s more of what you liked the first time!” thing. But I had fun with it. Baby Groot certainly helped, though. Without Groot, I know I wouldn’t like these films as much. I can’t keep track of the order of those end credits either! Lol. Someone pointed out to me that there were actually FIVE?? But I know the very last one was more of the Stan Lee cameo, showing him as one of The Watchers (or whatever – I don’t read the comics). The Groot one was my favorite, though. : ) But also made me sad as I want more of BABY Groot… : (

      • Oh yeah! I’d completely forgotten that Stan Lee one, to be honest. The Groot one was definitely the best, I agree, though I also liked the one where wassisname was practicing with the whistle-arrow-thing (I could look up what their proper names are, but why bother!)

  3. I saw this on Friday and really enjoyed it. Not as solid as first one, but when does that ever happen anyway? Baby Groot forever man! I also can’t be friends with people that dislikes him, it is inhumane. He’s adorable! I can also listen to Dave Bautista’s laugh all the time, it is hilarious.

    • Yay! Glad you saw & enjoyed this too. πŸ™‚ It really was fun & all that I’d hoped for from a sequel. And anyone who doesn’t love Baby Groot has no soul. πŸ˜‰ Bautista is great as well – love that character too. Don’t think he gets enough attention compared to the rest!

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