Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 review

As predicted, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” has made big bucks at the box office, having the highest financial increase for a Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel. Audiences have raved about its success and equal greatness to the first film, though as a critic, I found myself a bit less enthused.

There was no doubt that the movie was exciting, dramatic, and hilarious– everything audiences hoped for. However, I found the actual plot to be lacking quality. A major theme in the film was family, which is a relevant topic for today’s society, where there are complicated family relationships riddled with divorce, adoption, and close friends being considered relatives. I find the theme to be somewhat overdone, though, and hoped for more.

Not only did every character seem to have a family complication to be fixed, but some felt forced. The relationship between Nebula and Gamora felt cliché, and I was left wanting either more emotional pull from this struggle between them or less concern about the topic overall. I did like that every member of the Guardians had a side plot of their own, keeping them equal in importance and making sure fan favorites were included.

Another notable aspect of the film was the humor. The movie used a similar style of comedy to its original, though it did not reuse old jokes. Despite keeping audiences laughing with petty jokes and ironic humor, sometimes it felt overdone. Though meant for all ages, there was a bit of sexual humor that I felt was unnecessary for younger audiences.

What I liked most about “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” was how it made fun of itself. For example, every “minor” villain was so cliché that even the other characters would make fun of them. The High Priestess Ayesha was a leader of a race called the Sovereign, a proud, genetically-perfected species who view all other species as inferior. The Guardians encountered Ayesha near the beginning of the film and made fun of how full of herself she was. Later on during the movie, she continues to display a hilarious amount of pride, even insisting on walking on a carpet rolled out by her Sovereign servants to a bar filled with deadly Ravagers.

Despite some arguable points in the plot, I found myself walking out of the theater with a huge grin. The movie was just what audiences had hoped for and more. Though it earned an 82 percent critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences rated it at a 90 percent. As a fan of the series but also a critic, I would give the movie a 7.5 out of 10. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and I would suggest all viewers stay to watch the four additional scenes during the credits.

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