Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
And boy, does Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 not disappoint. It’s as funny and as charmingly hilarious at the first. Not only is it visually stunning with its use of colour, design, and straight up imagination lead by the ever brilliant writer/director James Gunn that smashes many of the other MCU films out of the park, it’s pure comedic fun set to a second awesome mix tape. Although the songs this time around are more somber and poetic, it fits the tone of the film a lot more with it’s serious subtext.
The story is simple but this allows more time for the characters with more of an emphasis on growth and family, which also proves that MCU films have more potential than what they’ve been showing in the all style, sass, and comedy and more often than not, lacking the heart that it truly needs and the villains that lack more then two dimensions.
And unlike that of many of the DC films, and more in particular Suicide Squad (even when they just have the three main characters of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice), that struggle with a large cast, Guardians manages to exquisitely balance a large cast of eight or more characters. Each of them are given enough screen time to have a satisfactory arc of emotion and for us as an audience to connect with them. And I think that’s why the MCU works so well is that we have that ability to actually connect with the characters, no matter their supporting or leading roles, and thus making the experience more enjoyable and memorable (though this isn’t to say that the Avenger’s films had this quality — the pair helmed by glorified writer/director Joss Whedon were nothing but two plus hours of witty one liners…we can only hope the Russo Brothers bring what they brought with Winter Soldier and Civil War to the two-part Infinity War).
Guardians of the Galaxy is an emotional dense, culturally diverse, and thrilling blast of a ride with some finally badass female characters too boot.