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Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Jordan Samuel Jordan Samuel
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April 25th, 2017

Film Critic and Writer for ComiConverse.com, the Founder and co-host of the official Nerdcast Network Podcast

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On April 25, 2017
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) is the best comic book sequel yet, blending an emotionally driven adventure with unique comedy and solid action. Introducing characters who I cannot wait to see explored in the expanded Marvel Universe. James Gunn's signature style is on another level, setting it apart from the competition

Price:
Best Comic Book Sequel Yet!

Reviewed by:
Rating:

5
On April 25, 2017
Last modified:April 25, 2017

Summary:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) is the best comic book sequel yet, blending an emotionally driven adventure with unique comedy and solid action. Introducing characters who I cannot wait to see explored in the expanded Marvel Universe. James Gunn’s signature style is on another level, setting it apart from the competition

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) blew everyone away, introducing fresh faces into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It had some galactic twists; relying heavily on a solid 80’s soundtrack. But how does the anticipated sequel stack up? Find out as film critic Jordan Samuel gets hooked on a feeling and provides the official ComiConverse review.

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Credit: Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios are known for pushing their obscure properties into blockbuster movie franchises. Their biggest risk yet, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), showed that producer Kevin Feige was still on a roll. The movie’s success boosted a relatively unknown comic series into an iconic team; one that may even rival the earth-based Avengers in fan support.

Director James Gunn (Slither) brought a comedic spin into the Marvel universe, with a group of prisoners, teaming up to save our galaxy. Audiences relished his fresh take on these seemingly forgotten comic book characters. The original grossed $773.3 million.

That film gave birth to the megastar Chris Pratt, with his charming and unique take on Star-Lord. Pratt’s style was the best element; giving us some belly laughs, while he connected with the unlikely band mates. Since then, Pratt has become a major player in Hollywood. It quickly became a cult classic, being compared to Star Wars: A New Hope (1980) in terms of its tone and its endearing characters. James Gunn gave us a film to be watched numerous times with family members.

But three years later how does the sequel rank?

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I can confirm that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) delivers all the content needed for a great sequel. It introduces a handful of new characters, changing up the pace but keeping a humorous core. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 engages the audience better than the first film, throwing away all the universe-building for more emotional moments.

Credit: Marvel Studios

James Gunn returns with a bang, as he attempts to one-up his previous work. He relies on heavy emotional depth, something we haven’t seen much of in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is also a hilarious popcorn munching blast. Most directors in the comic book realm have forgotten to make us care about these heroes, but Gunn somehow manages to do all that while introducing new members and dynamics into the already strange lineup. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) is a better movie when compared to its predecessor. It goes for The Empire Strikes Back (1980) structure, and is not shy about splitting up the team for moments.

The plot is quite simple on paper, but that’s what makes the film so entertaining throughout the run-time. This is the most accessible movie in the Marvel Universe to date.

Chris Pratt is Peter Quill, the half-human and alien who is now in search for his father, while battling a menacing villain, Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki). Pratt delivers a witty, emotional version of the character, giving us more of the dialogue we love this time around, as well as some interesting banter with the cast. It felt like Pratt had grown into the role. His comedic timing is like gold in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. His role might be straightforward, but I loved seeing his character again on the big screen, and I’m so excited for his Infinity War appearance.

The Guardians (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper) all return to explore the galaxy; providing some great performances along the way. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 introduces new members to the squad; these are all great additions to an expanding cosmic movie universe, but I’m not going to spoil their roles for you. James Gunn does an immense job in bringing in these new characters without slowing down the wild ride.

Credit: Marvel Studios

Elizabeth Debicki is Ayesha the main villain of the film, the mysterious leader of the Sovereign people. She provides a step up in villainy from Ronan in the original Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Her dialogue worked so well with the wacky heroes that it was riveting. Debicki might lack the menacing presence, and fleshed out backstory, but she gives a great performance with solid comedic timing, making her the best fit for a Guardians film. I haven’t enjoyed a villain in the Cinematic Universe this much for quite a while.

I did have issues with Debicki’s script, as James Gunn could have explored the Ayesha backstory more thoroughly. But that gets overtaken by a big twist that relies heavily on Peter Quill and his crew. Contrasting the previous iteration, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), has a highly emotional core, giving us a purpose to care about this dysfunctional family.

Writer and director James Gunn provides a story about fatherhood and a dubious family, with Peter Quill being supported in the search for his Dad. This might sound like a cliché story that’s been used in countless movies, but it just works in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) due to some incredible dialogue and smart acting. The reveals hit your spine while making your belly rumble in the process. I really must commend Gunn for being faithful to these heroes.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 also delivers some groundbreaking visuals and action sequences that take things to another level, due to actual tension that feels real. IMAX is a must-have when watching this film, as the cosmic imagery tops anything seen this year. James Gunn did a solid job in representing the galactic comic book strips.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the best comic book sequel yet, blending an emotionally driven adventure with unique comedy and solid action. Introducing characters who I cannot wait to see explored in the expanded Marvel Universe. This is another level, setting the film apart from the competition.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Best Comic Book Sequel Yet!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) is the best comic book sequel yet, blending an emotionally driven adventure with unique comedy and solid action. Introducing characters who I cannot wait to see explored in the expanded Marvel Universe. James Gunn’s signature style is on another level, setting it apart from the competition

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