By Josh Hughes
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is the latest installment in the very popular Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is the first of three films that Marvel Studios is releasing this year, with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” due in July and “Thor: Ragnarok” due in November. Guardians 2 deals with our favorite galaxy-saving heroes offering their services to the Sovereign, a planet inhabited by gold people. When some things go awry with Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt), we are sent off into another adventure with the Guardians, as well as being introduced to new characters in this universe.
Family is the main theme of this movie. The team works and feels like a family unit throughout the film. The team fights and bickers like a family, which makes it feel more real as the events unfold throughout the film. Guardians 2 presents family as something that goes beyond just blood relationships.
What really works for this film is the amount of character development it offers. The characters who really shine in the film are Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, Bradley Cooper’s Rocket, Michael Rooker’s Yondu and, one of the new characters, Kurt Russell’s Ego. The mentioned characters all have rough pasts that cause them to be ostracized by their peers, but the events that take place throughout the film will either make you love the character even more or, in some cases, dislike a character. Even with all the other good actors, Kurt Russell is the best part of the film in his portrayal of Ego.
What didn’t work in the film is the amount of forced comedy there is. While the first Guardians had a good amount of unexpected humor, this film has funny jokes and funny character moments that do not feel as organic as the first film. Another thing that did not work is that the film has to remind us of when and how they will listen to music. The first film had a very memorable soundtrack that still holds up today. While this film does not necessarily have a bad soundtrack, various members have to remind the team that we need some tunes playing during an alien fight or during a space exploration.
Overall, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is great time at the movies this summer, and a great way to start off the summer movie season. The film offers many laughs for the whole family, and a great amount of sci-fi action for any moviegoer. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Josh Hughes is a senior in the Student Ministry program at LBC. He enjoys watching movies and reviewing them, and he also enjoys attending concerts.
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