Ian's Movie Reviews
Short Reviews of Movies, Board Games, and Other Stuff

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

This movie is pulling me in both directions. On the one hand,m there is a lot of stuff that would normally have me hating a movie like this. On the other hand, the stuff that’s good is so good that it pulls be back to somewhere in the middle.

What I didn’t like:
This is likely to be a common complaint, but it really feels like the humour is out of balance this time around. Its like they said “people really liked the funny parts” and so cranked it up past a level where it works (look no further than the guardian’s opening scene). There are jokes constantly, but some are in poorly chosen spots while others are just nonsensical (like most of Peter’s earth references).

This next point is more of a personal preference, but I don’t care for the character of Yondu, and he was a big part of this second film. I felt like all the attention given to him detracted from the other characters I wanted to spend time with more.*SPOILERS* Also, an inordinate amount of focus was spent on his death. They needed to scale that back a bit. *END SPOILERS*

What I liked:
Ultimately, the saving grace of this film are the main characters. The 4 primaries are really a great cast, and their interactions with each other feel earned and special. Rocket remains the bet character in the series, while Peter and Gamora provide a solid central core. Drax is used a little more for comic relief this time, but I was mostly okay with it.

The point is that these characters and their relationships are why I enjoyed the movie, even if it started to lose sight of itself. So I suppose its a pass when all is said and done.


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