Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
I managed to get an opportunity to watch an advance screening for the much anticipated sequel to Marvel’s 2014 breakout hit Guardians of the Galaxy just earlier today (oh, the joys of being a day ahead of the West), and it was quite the thrill ride. Now, I’m well aware of the early reviews from critics about how they all preach the whole “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was good but doesn’t quite live up to the original” argument, but I totally beg to differ. You may call it bias, given that I myself am a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with Star-Lord and the gang, but I really think this installment was a truly worthy entry into the franchise.
Granted, it wasn’t perfect, but its flaws were minor at worst. All right, so what were the critics griping about? I absolutely would not know, since I didn’t read the reviews for fear of ruining the movie for me. However, if I were to speculate based on my own experience with the movie, I will say that it probably has something to do with the way the movie was somewhat divided into two plotlines. Now, I wouldn’t go much into the details of this, but suffice it to say that its two plotlines nearly ran the risk of having the whole film become disjointed. Thankfully, James Gunn is such a talented director that he was able to tie it all up into one wonderful movie. Apart from that, I will have to say that Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord wasn’t given enough of a chance to be the dashing cosmic scoundrel he was in the first movie, but I do understand that this is one sacrifice Gunn and company had to make in order to highlight the whole team’s dynamic.
Secondly, and I wouldn’t say that this is exactly a bad thing, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 introduced a whole lot of new elements into the MCU. In its defense, though, it didn’t go overboard here the way that Avengers Age of Ultron did where the whole movie looked primarily like a giant commercial for the upcoming movies in Marvel Studios’ slate.
Now, let’s go to all the good stuff. First of all, GOTG Vol. 2 possessed the quality dialogue that is expected of a Marvel Studios offering. In this installment, we see Drax and Rocket Raccoon provide more of what fans had enjoyed in the first film. Now, some people may see this as retreading, but I say it’s more of anteing things up. And it works! Also, this is by far the Marvel movie that had the most cameos –not to mention its whopping five post-credits scenes –, which I will say serves the whole of the MCU less than it does to properly establish its cosmic side. Those cameos, be they of the Easter egg variety or otherwise, are a treat for fans.
So, my final word: GOTG Vol. 2 is indeed as good as the first one, although I’m a bit concerned as to how Marvel will handle all the new properties they’ve introduced in the future.