Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: 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.
Tagline: Anyone can save the galaxy once.
Release Date: May 5th, 2017 | Runtime: 1 hr 36 minutes | Coolthulhus Earned: 4
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Review
Let me say right off the bat that I did something I wouldn’t have dreamed of a few years ago. I took my 8 year old to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. And, of course, almost right off the bat there’s a sensitive nipples joke. I wouldn’t be surprised if the people in the row behind me heard the sound of my palm hitting my face. However, as I’m not someone who does something bugnuts crazy like take a kid to a movie I know is probably going to contain objectionable material and then whine about it… I laughed it off and prepared myself for a deluge of bit comments from her later. (And yes, there have been at least 3 “My nipples!” comments since we watched the movie on Saturday.)
I’ve read a few reviews that raved about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, and stated that it was better than the original. While all three of us definitely enjoyed the movie, the only one of us who felt it was better than the first one was the kiddo. The opening scene where baby Groot is grooving (proving that, as all parents know, kids can dance anywhere) absolutely captivated her. And maybe me. However, there were just a few too many times when it felt like they tried a bit too hard to live up to the hip, cool kid reputation. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it.
On the contrary, I loved Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. I laughed repeatedly throughout the film. My favorite parts probably were the interactions that all the characters had with baby Groot. This movie would not have been the same without him. I appreciated most of the dialogue, and even enjoyed Kurt Russell for most of his scenes. The special effects were fantastic, the dialogue was amusing, and there was only a few times when I found myself wishing the scene would hurry up. There were only two points that really picked for me. For fear of spoiling anything for those that haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, I’ll simply say it was the whole Kurt Russel character’s arc. It was completely cliche. The second was Yondu’s evolution from bad ass to not-so-bad-ass. Both of them just felt, well, like Drax laughing. Too much, too loud, too forced.
Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 was a worthy successor to the first one. They did more right than they did wrong, and Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot are a great family unit. It was a movie filled with laughter and non-stop action and was definitely worht going to see on the big screen.
For the love of Cthulhu, though, I hope they don’t make a third one.