Back in 2014, when Guardians of the Galaxy released, it was really a huge surprise for both critics and audiences. We have never seen a comic book movie like that in the past: ”The combination of nostalgia and humour with great characters.” Addition to that Guardians of the Galaxy was never well-known like The Avengers or The X-Men as a comic book. Nobody hasn’t expected anything from Guardians of the Galaxy. With the element of surprise, the movie became a great hit and made over 700 million worldwide. After such success, a sequel was inevitable and after three years of waiting, it’s here. With same humour, nostalgia and crew we missed. But this time one thing is missing: ” The element of surprise.” Which made the first movie great and successful. Some things movie offers were great and felt fresh three years ago but now it’s like a cassette loop try to make the same joke over and over again.
The movie opens on Earth. We go back to, Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) childhood. After a couple of short scenes on Earth, we go back to movie’s time period like the first movie. From this point, the movie begins with an amazing intro sequence. I think this is the best opening in a Marvel movie. The camera follows Baby Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel) while rest of the crew fighting with Abilisk (an Inter-Dimensional Beast) in the background and whole scene is a single continuous shot. We will see a couple of fascinating sequences later in the movie too but this sequence is the peak moment of James Gunn’s directing skills in this movie. I really love it.
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After the opening, we start to meet some new folks like the Elizabeth Debicki’s and Sylvester Stallone’s characters but they have a small impact on the movie’s storyline. Guardians Vol. 2 is mainly telling Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) story with his father Ego (Kurt Russell). The movie’s main problem starts right here. When seeing a father and son unite after more than 30 years, naturally you expect an emotional response from both characters but even director James Gunn tries to create such a thing, it is not working well. Because even in that moment both characters making cheesy jokes and you can’t take their relationship seriously. Making jokes in serious situations worked very well in first Guardians movie but in a personal story like this, it looks awkward and irrelevant. Even Sylvester Stallone’s short scenes contain more emotion and they are more powerful than Peter Quill-Ego scenes. While other characters (Except Gamora) carrying the role of being funny all the time there was no need to do that. I was expecting to see an epic and more serious Peter Quill-Ego confrontation.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has a smaller scale than the first one in terms of big characters. For example, we do not see Thanos or The Collector in this movie. Director James Gunn tries to fill this absence by separating the characters and the story into two. But this separation doesn’t make sense. Because even if they didn’t separate, it wouldn’t affect the storyline that much.It is not a must do separation like The Empire Strikes Back and not seeing the crew together creates a feeling of disappointment.
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Yondu (Michael Rooker) is the star of this movie. His story overcomes the Quill-Ego story and with Rocket alongside him, he is the driven force of the movie and together they take part in movie’s best action sequences. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) are going through a sisterly struggle again as expected. Fight scenes of daughters of Thanos are powerful and well done. Baby Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel) is really sweet and love to watch. Every time he shows up on screen, he steals the show. Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) is not destroying anything in this movie and instead of that, he is carrying the funny part of the movie with his new partner Mantis (Pom Klementieff) who is an empath.
The visual effects of the movie made are really good. Guardians Vol. 2 looks really beautiful in general and those effects made by Animal Logic, which worked before in movies like Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Age of Ultron and X-Men: Days of Future Past. I think they deserve a credit because visual effects is the most powerful side of Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
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Movie’s soundtrack as good as the first one. The awesome mix tape 2 is very enjoyable and my favourite song in the album is Fleetwood Mac – The Chain. Alongside with this song, almost every song is well picked and they are really good as individual songs. But hearing a different song in every scene does not work well. It was a really good idea and when the first movie came out, doing the same exact thing in the sequel does not carry the same effect. If soundtrack score would be used in some important scenes instead of 80’s songs, those scenes would be more powerful.
Even though it is not capable of meeting high expectations after the first one or not showing much something new, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still an enjoyable movie with its good pace and outstanding visuals. Also, there are many surprises and easter eggs for those who loves the 80’s.