Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Directed by: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista
Release Date: May 5, 2017
Reviewed by: Lori Twichell
FA Scorecard: A
When we first met Star Lord, he was a relatively unknown being in the galaxy. Now though, he and his ragtag band of buddies (all of which tried to kill him at some point or another) have a reputation. They’re the Guardians of the Galaxy. They saved…EVERYONE. So really, that’s not a bad place to be. In fact as Rocket points out, if we save the galaxy again we can charge a butt-load of money. Yeah, it’s that sort of adventure.
Or at least you think it is. I was fully expecting an adventure film. Popcorn entertainment at its best. I mean that is what I got first time around. For Guardians 2 though? Everything I got was unexpected.
We start out with the Guardians where else? In extreme peril. They’re on a job and unlike the first film, they are working in complete sync with each other. Everyone knows each other’s strengths and weaknesses and they all fill in exactly where they need to go. It’s a beautiful machine. (Not dissimilar from the opening in Avengers: Ultron.)
And once again of course, they end up completely in harm’s way, lives in danger and hanging on by a thread. But this time instead of pulling themselves out of the fire, someone new shows up and saves them from certain death and destruction. When that mysterious stranger shows up and makes an announcement, it’s even more startling. He’s Quill’s father.
From there on, it pretty much goes pear shaped. And fast. There’s danger around every corner. Witty banter. Excellent visual effects. The characters are amazing. But what I didn’t expect was the feels.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 took me on the most incredible emotional exploration of family dynamics that I’ve experienced since Terms of Endearment. And yes, I know how weird that sounds. A space movie with a raccoon and a seedling is on the same ground as Terms of Endearment? But Guardians is stunningly deep and rich with family issues. Drax pretty much summed it up in the trailer when he says they aren’t friends. They’re family.
I am exceptionally impressed with James Gunn. I’ve been following him for months on Facebook and Twitter. As a someone who works in publicity, I rarely do that because most often, interactions through social media put me off. But Gunn has been impressive, respectful, and incredibly entertaining. All of that comes through in this script. The minor details are covered in the story. Characters you would think you don’t like – you will. And it’s keenly obvious that Gunn cares about these characters as much as we do.
One of my friends summed it up perfectly. This movie highlighted that the Avengers really are just friends at work. Guardians are a family.
If you had ANY enjoyment of the first movie whatsoever, do not miss this. Go see it. Today. Cause it’s a guarantee you’ll watch to watch it again.