Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Directed by James Gunn
By Tristan Sherlock
While still using what made its predecessor seem new and engaging — the witty, all too problematic, self-centred, yet loveable characters (combined with some iconic tunes) — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, doesn’t quite live up to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1.
The film all in all is an entertaining and engaging experience. There is plenty of action, flashing lights and the chaotic nature of all the characters makes it near impossible to not become involved with the film.
The characters in Guardians of the Galaxy are fun, complex and don’t have the boring moral compass like most other heroes (Captain America). They are so unlike what is usually presented in superhero films that it would be hard to find yourself not entertained.
Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 2 attempts to step up from the characterisation of Volume 1, dwelling perhaps a little too much on the deepening of the characters. For some characters this is done quite well. The film touches upon Drax’s characterisation and past quite a lot (shout out to Dave Bautista, by the way, Drax stole the show). However, most of the other characters such as Rocket, Groot and Gamora are benched for the film, and get little-to-no character arcs.
Every character’s potential for deep and interesting on screen development is either simply pushed aside or given away to Starlord (Peter Quill). This is kind of a downer considering every other character is so unique and diverting, and Starlord is basically an asshole Luke Skywalker.
I could not have cared less about Peter Quill throughout the film and I’m sure I’m not alone. He is, after all, the most basic Guardian of the Galaxy. No one wants to just watch Starlord; They are watching Guardians of the Galaxy give them the Guardians of the Galaxy. The film seemed more like Starlord and Friends than a movie about a team of heroes.
Despite the boring and cliché main-story plot, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is by far the most emotional Marvel film. It’ll make you laugh, cheer and cry (I was so close to sobbing the entire last 10 minutes of the film).
The film stuck with what Guardians of the Galaxy was known for and attempted to be as funny as the first. While in more cases the jokes were funny, a lot of the time the jokes fell flat (and I mean like utter silence fall flat) and just severely out of place.
However, despite some flaws, Guardians of the Galaxy does come with some pretty good morals to follow. And any film that tells its audience that the family you choose is more important than the one you’re born into deserves a good ol’ pat on the back.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 opens in cinemas April 25th.