The soundtrack to the Guardians of the Galaxy movies are probably the reason I’ll end up buying a Vinyl player.
Guardians of the Galaxy was definitely one of the better movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 2 series of films. It was unique, it was funny, the characters were instantly likable and even if the plot served more to add context to the MCU’s overarching story and it suffered from the MCU’s patented boring villain, it was still engaging enough to be memorable.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 delivers on the comedy. It’s the same characters that we’ve come to know and love doing what they do best: save the galaxy while having to deal with each other. This time around, there’s a bigger emphasis on them actually working together as a team. With this comes the realization that this time around, the focus is on the relationships between the characters than them saving the galaxy.
Peter Quill finally meets his father, Gamora and her sister Nebula have to deal with each other after their plot line was left up in the air in the last movie, Rocket and Groot wind up with Yondu after a series of events, even Drax has moments with Mantis. Every character has a clearly defined arc and development to the point where I realized that this was what I was supposed to be focusing on, not the overarching plot.
Sure, there’s a galactic threat that needs to be stopped by the Guardians but at the same time, you’re not watching it for that. In fact, for the most part, I wasn’t waiting to see what happened next, I was sitting there waiting for the turn of events that kicks off the climax. There’s no sense of rising action, for the most part; of the stakes getting higher and higher.
Having said that, I liked this movie more than the first one because of it’s emphasis on the character’s emotions and their relationships. In the first movie, they had to learn how to work as a team to finish the mission. In this movie, they actually have to learn how to live as a family together. There is actual growth going on and it’s a pleasure to actually see them grow closer through all the trials and tribulations. Though certain story beats are predictable, some are not and actually took me off guard. The more we learn about the characters, the more we realize that those moments shouldn’t have surprised you because they were absolutely in character.
It’s a rarity in the MCU where the sequel is just as good and better than the first one. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is just as charming, just as heartfelt and just as funny as its predecessor. It’s focus on the characters emotions and their relationships is a wonderful way to spice up the series and to make sure it doesn’t grow stale. As it stands, it is currently one of the best movies of Phase 3, if not the best.