GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL-2 movie review by The Commander






2 (out of 4 Stars)

Disappointing. That's what I thought of the new Guardian of the Galaxy Vol 2 movie. Disappointing. When you make a sequel, it’s supposed to be better than the original. Unfortunately, this was not the case with this movie. While it will still probably earn $1 billion due to its popularity, it just wasn't a good film.

The original cast is back. Chris Pratt as Peter ‘Starlord’ Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Vin Diesel and Groot, Michael Rooker as Yondu and Karen Gillan as Nebula.  New cast member were added including Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, the golden high priestess and leader of the Sovereign people, Pom Klementieff as the empathic powered Mantis and Kurt Russell as Ego, a Celestial an ancient and mysterious being who is Quill’s father and raised Mantis.  Even Sylvester Stallone was added in a small role and Michele Yeoh brought in at the end in an obvious attempt to let the Chinese market know of things to come in the next film.


I blame this poor script on writer/director James Gunn who decided to go in alone without his prior writing partner, Nicole Perlman on the original Guardian of the Galaxy film. That script had warmth and compassion.  It was a great story.  You felt connected to all the characters and the music score was fabulous. All hits from the 80s.  Unfortunately, the music score in volume 2 fell flat with many obscure songs that weren’t big hits in any generation.


The movie starts off with an action sequence pitting the Guardians against a space creature that’s trying to steal valuable batteries from the Sovereign civilization who hired the Guardians to protect it.  When Rocket ends up with sticky fingers stealing one of the batteries, the Sovereign pursues the Guardians engaging in an outer space battle.  The odds are incredibly against the Guardians when facing almost certain death, they are rescued by none other than Ego (Kurt Russell).  Being a Celestial being (i.e., GOD, obvious typecasting for Russell) Ego appears out of nowhere in his spacecraft to disable the approaching army.  You can see where this is going.


The main plot of this story is Ego’s relationship to Starlord, which is the crux of the movie.  As every father wants his son to be successful, Ego wants Starlord to follow in his footsteps. This theme of “family” was throughout the film.  Gamora’s relationship with her sister Nebula, Drax relationship with Mantis, Starlord’s relationship to Gamora, and well, you get the picture. Unfortunately, the movie was more about Kurt Russell than it was about the Guardians.  The characters never seem to have any cohesiveness as they did in the first film.


I really didn't care for this movie.  It seemed to be an endless series of battle and fight scenes. In fact, during the ending battle scene, I kept finding myself falling asleep as it was just a continuation a long drawn out, never ending, battle sequence involving the Guardians versus whomever. There were a few clever lines, jokes and some humor but far from the original. While the movie was spectacular to watch in 3-D, it didn't make up for the rest of the film. Even with the ad-on scenes during the ending credits it wasn't enough to keep me interested.



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