Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  • Directed by James Gunn
  • Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Kurt Russell
  • Written by James Gunn
  • Action, Marvel
  • Rated PG-13
  • 136 mins.
  • 5 May 2017


The Guardians of the Galaxy meet a man who claims to be Peter’s father, and through their quest to discover the truth about this mysterious Ego, they learn more about themselves and their team.

How’s the Story?

The story is actually kind of not there. I don’t mean this movie lacks a plot, it’s just that the entire story is basically, “Peter’s got a dad and we don’t know if we can trust him or not.” There’s a lot more individual character development things, but on a whole, this entire movie was pretty much just “Peter has a dad.”

How’s the Acting?

The acting is pretty solid all around. Chris Pratt as Peter Quill is always great, I really enjoyed Kurt Russell as Ego, and Michael Rooker as Yondu stole the show! He was really great, and I liked the acting in this movie overall pretty well.

How’s the Writing/Directing?

The writing and directing are kind of all over the place. This movie frustrates me, because parts of it are INCREDIBLE! The jokes are mostly hilarious and there are spots where you just clutch your chest it’s so full of heart. I laughed myself to tears at some points, and actually had real tears at others. It was so well done in some places!

But then there are moments that are just so ill-placed and ill-timed and unnecessary. The gold people (Don’t remember who they are, don’t really care) were just crap. They were crap. There was no reason for them to be there other than a plot-device to explain Nebula being with the Guardians. Every time the gold people showed up, they just dragged all the good things down, and it was just really poorly done.

There was this scene with the high priestess lady where she’s walking along a carpet (and MAN that was the weirdest ‘walk’ ever) and the carpet roller-outer person gets stuck and it’s meant to be funny but it just really, really wasn’t. It fell so flat. Whoever wrote all the parts with the gold people just really missed the mark, and the direction managed to miss all the right marks with those people.

How’s the Cinematography?

This film is so visually stunning! It’s so beautiful, just as the first was. The CG doesn’t seem like CG and the space scenes are so interesting. The jumps between worlds are absolutely the most visually clever thing I’ve seen in a long time.

There is also a scene at the end, I won’t spoil it for anybody, where something emotional is happening and it’s so beautiful. My friend compared it to the funeral scene in Thor 2, which is still, to this day, one of the most visually moving and emotional scenes ever. This scene I’m talking about was something that couldn’t have been as impactful as it is without the beautiful cinematography of that scene.

Is It Worth Watching?

For all my criticisms about the weird bad moments throughout the film, it’s still worth watching. It isn’t as good as the first Guardians of the Galaxy, but it’s still good. It was a fun movie to go have fun to. It won’t be in the top 5 of anybody’s MCU ranking lists, I would say, but it’s still a solid movie to go laugh at.

I’ve actually never been in a cinema with as much of an active audience laughing at things. My family usually laughs audibly at everything and then nobody else more than titters, so we’re the weirdos laughing until we cry while others chuckle. FINALLY a movie drew the same reaction from the other moviegoers as it did from our laugh-happy asses.

It’s not a great movie, but it’s a good movie, and it’s well worth the price of admission.

My Rating: 6/10

About J. Chelsea Williford

Movie addict, reader, writer, pop culture lover.
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