Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

Blakely Dimiero and Peyton Klam

The new film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ranked number one in box office scores for the first week of it’s premiere. Vol. 2 is all about family, about how everyone, even a God, tries to overcome loneliness and find purpose. The people we find ourselves with, get strength from are our family, we fight sometimes and drive one another crazy but in the end we will always stand together.

The film has everything you could ask for, drama, comedy, romance and action, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their important batteries from an alien. When it is discovered that Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign release their fleet of warships to search for revenge. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parents are revealed and he meets his father, Ego (Kurt Russell).

The film opens up with a flashback of Peter’s parents enjoying their time with one another. His father takes his mother to see the “plant” he has planted, his father discretely foreshadows his takeover “Soon these will be all over the galaxy.” The following scene begins in media res as the audience is brought into a violent fight between Peter, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket, Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) and Drax (Dave Bautista) all against the Abilisk monster that feeds off of batteries. After Rocket steals some of the batteries for himself, the Guardians are attacked by the Sovereign. This resulted in the Guardians having an emergency crash landing on a nearby planet. While just a few minutes have passed on the planet, a mysterious ship lands and Ego exits the ship in search for his son Peter. Peter had no idea who his father was, and didn’t believe a word that his father said to him about his past childhood. Ego invites everyone to his home planet but Rocket and Groot stay behind to fix the damaged ship and keep Nebula, Gamora’s sister, held hostage in their ship. As the team spends their time on Ego’s home planet, they slowly discover what kind of man(celestial) Ego truly is.

In our opinions, the film added too much humor into serious situations. We wish that the director would have kept the team together instead of sporadically switching in and out of scenes. Vol. 2 relied too much on its previous film to set its own foundation for the movie.

We enjoyed the amount of color the film had in it’s scenes. The soundtrack follows the first movie in that it’s very old and unique to the movie. The costumes and makeup fit the film perfectly and stay that way throughout the whole movie with each individual character which we enjoyed.

All in all this movie was good, it doesn’t quite top the original but it was intriguing to get to know our Guardians better. We rate Vol. 2 an eight out of ten.