A Review of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Are we ever going to get another Howard the Duck movie? In the film's final scene after the credits (and a quick scene during the film), we get to see Stan Lee among the Watchers, a race of beings committed to observing the events of the universe. It is expected to conclude the story of the original Guardians and set up the direction the MCU will head to for the next ten years. Let's skip this track and move on.

This, unsurprisingly, upsets the Sovereign who now wants the Guardians dead.

I've been reviewing Marvel movies for as long as I've been writing about cinema. The sculptors at Legacy Effects are well aware of Baby Groot's universal appeal and extreme adorability factor, so they're creating a full-scale maquette figure of the sassy sapling, offered exclusively through Sideshow Collectibles. I have to applaud Marvel for breaking out of this pattern and finally putting some depth into the heroes and villains of their films.

Written and directed again by James Gunn, the latest Marvel film was given an A CinemaScore rating from audiences and an 82 percent "fresh" rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy was as good as any other Marvel movie, and I recommend watching it to be up to date on Marvel movies. It's not the happiest of ideas, but it's canon: according to ComicBook, the 2008 iteration of "Guardians of the Galaxy" saw the team splitting up for a substantial amount of time after Peter Quill/Star-Lord utilised Mantis' abilities to guide their thoughts towards the same conclusion.

If that sounded needlessly convoluted, it's because that's how the movie felt at times. Every player had their screen time, their growth, their own spotlight. With most movies, one clue is enough to give away the ending. Coincidentally, Diesel still plays Groot in this film. Have you heard about the tragic backstory of one superhero whose true name is Bruce Wayne? Don't get me wrong, it makes for a nice serious balance to bring you down to a breathable level of laughter before the next joke.

If you're not a "Guardians" fan, I doubt I can convince you to see "Vol. 2".

The story starts off only a few months after the first (how that gels with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's timeline, I don't even know), with the Guardians taking a job to defend a planet of gold-skinned elitists called the Sovereign from an interdimensional monster. There are many scenes still to be had after the main movie is over. Anyone who really loved the first Guardians of the Galaxy will probably love this one just as much, as it hits all the same notes, punched up just a little bit because this is a sequel. However, I liked the introduction of Star Lord's heritage and the feud between the two sisters, Gamora and Nebula.


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