My major concern about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 was that it wouldn’t be as fun as the first movie. For me, the first movie was enjoyable because it didn’t take itself seriously; it was tongue in cheek, silly, whimsical and, as a result, fun. I’ll basically watch anything Marvel produces but I definitely prefer this style of movie. Deadpool was another great example.
If, like me, you’re been hoping that they would keep things light, allow me to reassure you: This movie is easily as daft as the first one. I’m not sure it’s quite as good in other respects – the cast has expanded a bit and the result is that the movie doesn’t feel quite so neat, perhaps it could have benefitted from more aggressive editing – but it’s funny and lighthearted.
If you enjoyed the soundtrack from the previous movie, you’ll like this one two. They keep the running theme of 60s and 70s hits going strong, a particular highlight for me being The Chain by Fleetwood Mac. The opening sequence sees baby Groot dancing to Mr Blue Sky too, and that basically sets the tone for the whole shebang.
As expected, Groot kind of steals the show again. Who’s surprised that the young version of the best-loved character from the first movie is now even more lovable? The translations via rocket are still fun, just as Drax’s total failure to even notice how awful he is at interacting with his teammates continues to delight. New character Mantis is hilarious for similar reasons.
A major theme seems to be the repair of broken or frayed relationships. While Pete’s search for his father kicks off the major adventure, Gamora spends some time with her estranged (evil, psychotic, terrifying) sister, rocket manages to build friendships with the team, and even Yondu (the baddie who broke the baddie code) turns out to not be totally unworthy of forgiveness. It’s enough to give me the warm fuzzies.
Still, it does feel like there’s a lot crammed in, and I’m not sure that all of it was necessary. Maybe it’s a symptom of the difficult second movie, and all that extra stuff is needed to build the foundations of volume three, but even as I enjoyed the film, I can’t help wondering if it will end up being the weak point of the trilogy. I’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, I am Groot.