This was a movie that I was looking forward to seeing, but not looking forward to reviewing. I was happy to see it because Guardians of the Galaxy (the first one) was one of the better Marvel movies. But I wasn’t looking forward to reviewing it because I was afraid that I’d come off as a broken record; that’s because the Disney-Marvel duo movies are starting to get really really same-ey. And even though I had high-hopes for this new installment, my completely cynical mind was not prepared to be correct about how average and by-the-book the movie was.
Unfortunately, I was right: this movie was fairly same-ey and by the book. That’s not saying that there’s a lot to enjoy with this movie, so I suppose I’ll rattle on about the things I liked about the film.
So the best part of the movie is the humor. As with the vast majority of comedic films, there are some jokes that try too hard, but the vast majority of jokes are successful in their execution. It’s hard to put a number on it, but if I had to, I would say at least 80% of the humor in this film absolutely works.
All of the characters in this installment are fine. There never ends up being anything interesting that is developed about any of the old characters, but the new characters, and especially Mantis, do a lot for the enjoyment of the film. Mantis’s powers and personality were fairly unique and comical. Drax was also really good.
The soundtrack was good and it gave the film a very similar tone to that of the first movie. The first movie’s soundtrack is far superior, but at least this one didn’t suck.
The special effects were also extremely pleasing to look at, and it certainly makes the film stand out from all the other Marvel movies. Both Guardians movies are more visually successful than Doctor Strange despite the fact that everyone seems to go crazy in their praise for Strange’s visual effects.
The absolute worst part of the film is any dialogue piece that wasn’t trying to be funny. There are so many moments in this movie where a character lazily spits out their backstory during times when it was completely uncalled for. Like the movie is at a moment where normal conversation is happening, and then one of the protagonists or antagonists gushes out their life story without warning.
Whenever an antagonist did it, of course, it was to conveniently further the plot along and give one of the other heroes the information they needed to make the right decisions. Regardless, every single time this happened (and it happened at least five or six times), it felt completely cheap and lazy.
The second worst part of the film is how completely aimless it felt. The film tries to juggle so many things at once, and it really harmed all of the positives that it had going for it.
And because the movie didn’t know how to focus, and because it treated the audience like morons with their force-feeding of characters stories, the sentimental scenes were completely lost on me. If the movie was able to focus up and be more intelligent with how backstories were executed, then this would have been a much better sequel.
Those were the two big negatives. The other downsides are minor. I personally don’t think the Baby Groot character served much purpose except for additional comic relief and for pushing the cute factor into overdrive (but I’m sure most of you will like this…). The gold perfectionist people were completely unnecessary too. They were neither funny, menacing, or enjoyable to watch, so what was the point of them being in the movie? To push the plot forward, of course.
Also, many of the twists in the film were entirely predictable, but what can you do?
So Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ends up being an enjoyable movie, but it’s an unimpressive one that nobody is going to remember. This is all the more frustrating because I’ve seen from numerous sources that even though they acknowledge that the film is worse than the original, they still heap praises on this movie to an extreme degree. One dude I watched on Youtube said “It’s not as good as the original, and it’s not a movie you should hurry to see”… and then in almost the same breath, he gives the movie an 8 out of 10 anyway.
As for me, I don’t believe you should give Marvel movies bonus points for not sucking. Sure, they don’t suck to the degree of something DC shills out, but just because they’re good doesn’t mean I’m going to give them a great rating… I’m going to give them a good rating.
6 out of 10