Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ★★★

Remember when the first Guardians of the Galaxy came out? It was the summer of 2014, people were saying that Guardians of the Galaxy was a bigger risk for marvel. Having all these new characters and ideas in space, how could it all work in one marvel movie? However, overnight it became a phenomenon. Everyone was singing "Hooked on a feeling" and talking about the movie for months. It blended new characters, action, music, comedy, and art direction wonderfully. Somehow it all worked, and it was a blast to watch.

Now, less than 3 years later, we are back with the characters that we've come to love. I was very interested to see where the movie would take the series. Sadly though, I am disappointed in it's execution and structure.

The first half of this movie is straight up a sitcom in space. Jokes are rolling out every 5 seconds. The comedic beats become predicable because you know they are going to keep coming. I became desensitized to the quirky jokes very fast. There is no time spent on setting up a conflict or a compelling story during the first act. Because the movie barely takes anything seriously, I could not take the movie itself seriously, even in it's more emotional last act. 80% of the time those more emotional or tension filled moments are ended with jokes and laughter. They really should have toned the comedic relief down. I loved the first movie because it combined adventure, character, and comedy naturally. This movie does not come close to that level.

Lets talk about the character development in this movie. There is a lot more than you might expect for every character, except for Drax the jokester....(Or was it Drax the destroyer? Not really sure anymore). However I have a problem with how the character development is played out. The development given to these characters is mostly about what they have gone through in the past to explain how they are today. We are given more information on the origin of these characters than the origin story in the first one. It's almost like backwards character development. How they handle character would be like if Han Solo randomly gave a monologue about how he became who he was; except he does this in the second Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back, after we have already learned what he is like. That mysteriousness of Han Solo's past is what makes him so compelling. We learn about Han Solo simply through his mannerisms and actions. It's an idea called showing not telling, and this movie does too much telling. I also think the movie tried to develop too many of its characters. It lost its focus on telling a cohesive story because of that. If you watch the movie, look for moments when characters just randomly start telling things about themselves for the audience.

The action is pretty fun. I feel like most of the ideas for the Guardians of the Galaxy Disney ride will come from the action in this movie...

Some of the villains were poorly developed, yes some. There is one villain that was a big surprise to me, and I thought it was done really well. Certainly one of the more interesting villains of the MCU.

Overall Guardians 2 is entertaining and visually gorgeous to look at, but it's far from captivating. The chemistry between the members of the team that we enjoyed from the first is certainly there. However the movie is just not as memorable. Like most average blockbusters, I'll stop thinking about it tomorrow, and that's a shame. I was pretty disappointed, but if you enjoyed it more than me that's great, more power to you. I encourage you to go out and make your own opinion.

Now if you excuse me I'm going to listen to the first movies soundtrack to relive the magic.

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