gus’s review published on Letterboxd:
"If you kill me, you'll be just like everybody else!"
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Possessing the same flair & energy as its predecessor. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is just as spectacular, probably even more.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a film about celebrating the flaws inside of you. The arc that some of our main characters went through in this story is about accepting the flaws & weaknesses inside of them because those things are what made them who they are. Rejecting perfection and accepting the imperfections. Gunn’s approach to this subject matter is done with absolute care & passion; hitting you right in the feels even after your first viewing. There’s also the wonderful theme of family, introduced in the first film and then perfected in here. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is one of those films that has a strong saying on family, specifically the immovable nature of them. Time & time again, our characters (Rocket most specifically) does a lot of douchey stuffs and yet their family still loves them no matter what. It’s such a great representation on how life-long and strong the bonds of families are, blood or found.
As you can see in the rambling on top of me, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 features a massive upgrade in its story. I really felt as if this film had a way more sincere, passionate, and heart-warming feeling in its storytelling. Due to the theme of family as one of the film’s center, the characters felt a lot closer than before. Gunn amazingly took advantage of his interesting & diverse characters to deliver very fun interactions. They’re not a team, they’re a family; and this film perfectly portrayed that in every part of the story. Humour was also an improvement as this film really cracked me up in every one of their attempts.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was also more colourful, more stylish, and more artistic. The colours were so vibrant in here; further cementing the Guardians films as a gem in this universe. The score by Tyler Bates never fails in giving me absolute chills. Bates used the iconic tune of the Guardians effectively while also introducing a lot of new ones that is equally terrific. Soundtrack added an immaculate vibe to the story once again. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has a very fire soundtrack, and they handled their iconic songs with amazing expertise.
The main five actors performed wonderfully yet again, with Bradley Cooper flawlessly stealing the show once more (He would probably do that again in Vol. 3 and I wouldn’t even be surprised). Michael Rooker uses his much longer screentime greatly; succeeding in making us fall in love with Yondu all over again. Meanwhile, the new additions of big names certainly did spectacular in their roles. Kurt Russell is just perfect bro, what more could I say. The perfect antagonist for our heroes, one that could sometime be a warm figure and in other parts can also be menacing. Sylvester Stallone is a surprising addition, but a welcomed one nonetheless. I really enjoyed his 5 minutes or so screentime.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is an upgrade in all aspects. An emotional roller-coaster with lessons that I will forever love in my life. I really can’t wait for Vol. 3 to give a close to these wonderful films (and probably making me cry in the process).