Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed.
First thing is first as someone who has a slight obsession with the first film, I must say that this one doesn’t quite capture the original charm that the first film has. However, it makes up for it with all of the cosmic awesomeness, gadgets and outrageous humor that we were all looking for. Being the first film ever shot on the Red Weapon 8k camera this film has some strikingly incredible visuals as well. James Gunn has become the auteur of his own universe and he continued to do it justice with his second of three entries.
While this is supposed to be a story about Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his dad Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russell) make no mistake the real stars of this film are Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Drax (Dave Bautista). The story doesn’t firmly rest on their shoulders but they quickly steal the show with emotional appeal and laughs. This also at is a core is a much more emotional appealing movie than the first. Their is a definite focus on family. What makes Guardians so appealing to myself and others is the characters. The bad guys that have turned good and save the day, everything suicide squad was supposed to be and wasn’t. Chris Pratt is still fantastic as Star Lord and I’d argue he’s even more lovable than the first movie. We also learn more about the turbulent relationship of Thanos’ two daughters Gamora and Nebula. One of the great things about Volume 2 is that we get more background on more on all the characters we fell in love with in the first film.
This is also probably the funniest movie of the MCU by far. Maybe one the funniest movies of the last 5 years. While this is a good thing I feel like some other story elements were ignored for the inclusion of humor. Although that’s hardly something to complain about considering that is what GOTG is all about.
I’m going to be honest the story could have used some more work but I loved it nonetheless. Anything that the story lacks the film quickly makes up for in every other category. If you loved the first film you should really like this one too. James Gunn is has built an awesome universe within the MCU and it will be interesting to see how the Guardians fit into the plans for Infinity War.
(And seriously how adorable is Baby Groot?!)