Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 doesn’t expand the saga of its quirky characters. It just repeats and repeats what made its predecessor a winner.
After screwing up a contract by stealing from the client, the Guardians of the Galaxy are rescued by a Celestial who claims to be Star-Lord’s father. The Celestial, Ego, then teaches Star-Lord how to manipulate the power stemming from his lineage. Unknown to the Guardians, however, Ego is no benevolent god and he has a far darker intention for Star-Lord than a father and son reunion. If successful, that plan could put a swift end to every living world Ego has ever stepped on.
Prior to 2014, I wasn’t interested, at all, in the Guardians of the Galaxy. My only encounters with them were in some episodes of the Marvel animated series. Overall, they also didn’t feel too, I don’t know, heroic? I mean, an anthropomorphic raccoon, a talking tree with a three-word vocabulary. A team leader with no awesome world destroying superpower. It’s like, er, pass …
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 made me a convert. I realised with shame it’s the team’s utter human-ness that made them so likeable, so relatable. (The version in the movie, that is) In many ways, it’s far easier to fantasize about being a Guardian than say, an Avenger. And this despite the galactic setting. And then, of course, there’s Groot. I mean, gosh, the simple, raw potency of that declaration! I Am GROOT! I AM GROOT! I AM … …
The savvy folks at Marvel Studios know all of these, of course. And so Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is all about repeating and expanding that likeability. In hyper speed overdrive mood. While there is some galaxy sundering crisis festering in the background, the movie is reduced to two hours of slapstick humour obsessed with the same quirks of the lead characters. This is not altogether unfunny, I should say, and I suspect this is really going to help merchandising. But live up to its predecessor? Expand the saga of the Guardians? Not at all. In short, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 feels like one of those mid-series, oh-wow episodes in an animated series that is little more than a fanciful step to the end crisis. It feels pretty forgettable.
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