Thursday, May 4, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 Review: A Hard Rocking Sequel For Marvel Studios
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 once again centers on the team of Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel). After a mission goes south the Guardians encounter a man named Ego (Kurt Russell) who turns out to be Peter's father. Ego takes Peter, Gamora and Drax to his planet where he hopes to reconnect with his son. However things are not as they appear to be which leads to the the Guardians dealing with a galaxy scale conflict; not to mention deal with problems such as the vengeful high priestess Ayesha (Elizabeth Debecki), Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his Ravangers and Gamora's sister Nebula (Karen Gillan).
The plot to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 was one that was bold but expected. Rather than being an ongoing journey the film's story was grounded in both its themes and its sense of adventure; which help to differentiate itself from its predecessor. Yet the story's structure could feel muddle in places. This was apparent in the decision to split the plot into two areas; with Peter, Gamora and Drax dealing with Ego while Rocket and Groot dealt with the Ravengers. This decision was a sensible one as it allowed the plot to expand upon certain details. However the pacing could feel sporadic in places and it showed that,in hindsight, there was not much to the overall story. Aside from the matter of structure the plot to this sequel culminated well as the story's climax brought things together in an exciting and stylish fashion.
The best way to describe Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is that if "it ain't broke don't fix it". This is not to say that everything was perfect for this intergalactic sequel as its overzealous direction lead to inconsistent execution in elements such as story and comedy. However thanks to its strong cast of character and its keen sense of style, this sequel managed to be a fitting continuation for the Guardians of the Galaxy as well as a stellar entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.