To call this another Marvel winner would be an understatement.
Volume 2 is the best cinematic experience I've had in a long time. The action is great, the various cameos hilarious, the effects awe-inspiring and the laughs frequent and well-placed (one of the few gripes I had with Doctor Strange). And in the midst of all this, what really drives the story and keeps the audience interested is the character development. The heroes with which we fell in love in Volume 1 become deeper and multilayered, and the new additions add fantastic new dynamics.
While still falling victim to some minor storytelling tropes, GotG2 is the epitome of the spectacle movie.
Watching this feels like watching two different movies. The first movie is one in which jokes are forced and music feels shoehorned in. It feels like the writers and director are beating you over the head trying to make the point of "look, look, remember us? remember how you liked music and jokes the last time?" For me the first half of this movie is a poor imitation of the first Guardians of the Galaxy. 6/10.
All of this changes around an hour into the movie however. Once they actually started moving forward with the plot, this movie becomes something special. The second half of this movie is perhaps the best thing that Marvel Studios has put to screen. It is so heartfelt and moving, the comedy lands PERFECTLY every time, and the movie makers allow us as an audience to remember what we loved about these characters the first time around organically. The second half of this movie is almost flawless.
Special mention to Dave Bautista's Drax... by far and away the character that stole the show. HILARIOUS!
I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!
Thor 3 and Guardians 2 the same year. Count me in especially since Natalie Portman isn't in Thor 3 lol.
World Premiere Review - 4/19/17
Still a lot of fun, but suffers from sequelitis. Bottom line, you'll have a ton of fun with this, especially if you're familiar with the backstory and characters. The most common problem is slow pace. Scenes go on for too long. Second, the tone is all over the place to where its slightly confusing. I can't imagine what it must feel like watching this if you're not familiar with the material. Music is used perfectly as the first one did. It's enjoyable and fun and that's all I expect from movies like this.
Stray observation: Stallone can barely get his lines off without having a stroke...he can't possibly keep getting casted because he's the best person available...
[8.2/10] As the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands and expands, as each new franchise and sub-franchise must add more characters (“We need new faces for the merchandise!”), every new sequel increasingly risks becoming unwieldy and umanageable. While Civil War managed to thread that needle nicely, the tyranny of “more” can threatens to hobble each new franchise installment before it’s even left the spaceport.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a follow-up to the surprise 2014 hit, does feel a bit overstuffed in places, as it introduces two new major characters, turns a pair of antagonists to the side of the good guys, and still needs to service the five original Guardians amid a host of new locales and new threats. But for a franchise whose first entry brought several Star Wars comparisons, writer/director James Gunn succeeds by following the Empire Strikes Back method.
It’s not just that the film reveals the identity of the protagonist’s father or spends time in caverns that turn out to be living organisms; it’s the notion of splitting your heroes up for most of the film only to bring them back at the end. That tack helps balance the many needs of a film like Guardians 2, a movie with several stories that all center on a theme of discovering who your real family is.
It achieves this by essentially dividing its cast up into pairs, with each duo anchoring a particular slice of the adventure and building an arc before the inevitable reunion and excitement at the end of the film. Star-Lord engages with his probable father, Ego, a newcomer to the franchise who takes advantage of Kurt Russell’s appropriately scruffy charms. Gamora goes ten rounds with Nebula, her frenemy sister who starts to find reasons to side with the good guys. Rocket Raccoon spends much of the movie playing off of Yondu, with the prickly pair confiding (loudly) in one another their insecurities about pushing people away. And in the slightest but most endearing story, Drax is parterned up with Mantis, an empathic and equally socially stunted newcomer who bonds over their literalism and awkwardness. Groot, of course, remains to bring a steady dose of comic release and the cuteness that launched a thousand ships worth of baby plant merchandise.
With all of that going on, Guardians 2 can certainly feel overstuffed at times. Balancing those four major pairings, while also paying off a series of less-developed arcs involving the other major characters having enmity, romance, or paternal affection for Quill, means there’s some issues with pacing in a film that clocks in over two hours. But Guardians 2 is never dull, using that multitude of plots to its advantage by jumping to another whenever one storyline starts to sag or deflate the tension of the film.
It also delivers what it promises. As sequels are wont to do, it doubles down on the elements of the first films that people found so delightful. The classic tracks are back in full force, with the likes of ELO and “Mr. Blue Sky” kicking things off in another sequence that blends comic sci-fi action with seventies-fueled cheer and a little boogieing. The old school references are deployed regularly and with relish, with everything from Pac-Man to Knight Rider to Mary Poppins getting a shoutout. And Guardians is still a franchise committed to humor, with scores of humorous asides and bits of physical comedy, even if occasionally they feel overlong or shoehorned in. A late quest for tape in the midst of the usual universe-threatening battle that plays in the quotidian spaces between the action set pieces feels truest to the series’s wry spirit.
The inventive design elements that made the first extended look at the wider Marvel cosmic realm so engrossing return as well. There is The Sovereign, a race of easily offended award statuettes come to life. There is the living planet itself, an alien paradise just unreal enough to be unnerving. And there’s the superlative “700 jumps” sequence that races through various amusing corners of the Marvel Universe with Looney Toons-esque changes in proportion. For all the complaints about the sameyness of the look of the MCU films, Guardians is one place where the uber-franchise does not skimp on visual panache.
For all the intertwining plots in the film, Gunn does a nice job of creating arcs and meaningful roles for nearly every character in the film (save for Baby Groot, who is, for the most part, a baldly manipulative yet effective mascot). Ego reveals the nature of his mission and presents Star-Lord with some harsh truths that lead to an unexpected but heartening epiphany. Gamora and Nebula find common ground even when they’re at each other’s throats. Rocket and Yondu have a “not so different” moment that ends up surprisingly encouraging for the “don’t call me that” raccoon. And even Drax and Mantis, the pair most at a disadvantage in terms of sentiment and understanding, have an affecting moment of shared emotion.
Much of this is very loud and obvious. Make no mistake, no audience members will walk out of the film wondering what the theme or message of any given storyline was. And in contrast to the prior film, Guardians 2 is slightly less apt to undercut its own lack of subtlety in these bits of drama or pathos with a quick gag to take the edge off. Still, it’s all functional at worst, with enough charged moments, good character work, and quality acting to make it all worthwhile.
Despite that, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is an improvement on its already fun and charming predecessor. The sequel is more ambitious, succumbing to some of the demand to go bigger and grander, but finding ways to balance that potential storytelling girth with exciting visuals, unexpected twists, and an undercurrent of people appreciating the family they did not realize they already had, even when tempered by the family they’ve already lost. It is, undoubtedly, a big film, flush with characters and storylines and new faces and places, but by dividing and conquering, it’s also a movie that takes the time to make sure each portion is a meaningful part of the greater whole, and not just a stepping stone to saving the universe yet again. That tack, the film’s humor, and its familial themes, make Guardians 2 another stellar MCU outing, that stands with the best the franchise has to offer.
Pros:- Themes.- Emotional moments.- Character work.- Gamora gets more to do, and is by far the most likeable Guardian after this film if you ask me.- Performances by Michael Rooker, Kurt Russell, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.- Drax & Mantis relationship.- Visuals & cinematography.- Some of the humour.- Some of the post credit scenes.
Inbetween:- Bautista, his performance was better than the first time around, but the whole laughing thing got old fast.- Baby Groot, he's cute and all, but he doesn't really do all that much during the film.
Cons:- The plot didn't really hook me for a long time, so I found a good majority of it fairly dull.- A lack of narrative flow, poorly paced.- Awesome Mix Vol 2 is kinda forgettable aside from a few songs.- Unimpressive action sequences.- Some of the CGI looked unfinished (just talking about a few shots here).- Rocket is turned into an unlikable ass.- Ayesha and the souvereign felt tagged on, which is weird since there was such an easy way to connect them to the main theme of the film.- James Gunn's brother, who's more miss than hit for me.- Some of the other humour, which comes into cringey territory (same as the first one in my book).- Some of the other post credits scenes.
A fun and enjoyable adventure, and it's a pleasure to spend further time with these characters. However, the theme of family was contrived, and its time Marvel learned that 'less is more' when it comes to climactic boss fights. Still, I am looking forward to Vol.3.
Haha yess, I have famously huge turds!
OMG!! Baby Groot was so adorable and funny. So maybe in Vol. 3 Gamora and Peter will be finally a couple?? Drax is freaking funny and so inappropriate. LOL I really like this movie.
The best Marvel movie so far, by far.
very fun enjoyable movie, GROOT is soooo cute i'm a guy so i shouldn't say this but i always state facts so... very sad about Yondu!
Manages to impress much like the first, but weighted down a little by the need to shoehorn in some pathos that make an otherwise great movie a little awkward at around 2/3rds in.
I'm the only bloke on the planet who didn't like the first Guardians of the Galaxy, and here's another unpopular opinion: I like this one more than the first, despite the third act going on far too long.
One of my top movies of the year. Combining heart with action, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 delivers a story that the whole family can enjoy.
Amazing movie. Aside form the fantastic chemistry and great character development, the pretty decent plot the music is what takes this movie from good to fantastic. Its also an emotional ride with a lot of well written and scripted jokes to poignant moments of emotional bonding and sadness.
Highly recommended. One of the top marvel movies to date.
Funny. Not liking so much humour though. It's more like e Disney movie. I prefer more tension, drama, serousness, that's why I am enjoying DC's movies more. This is way too much comedy and visuals. I will probably forget it in a month. On the other hand lttle Groot is so sweet, he won me when I first watched him.
Why did I cry at the end?? WHY?? I wasn't expecting to cry watching Guardians of the Galaxy, that was weird.
it was so boring and meaningless
One of the worst theater experiences I've had and not because of thr audience just because how bad the movie is. This movie is terrible with almost action scenes just thrown in there pointless to the story jokes that make you shake your head every 30 secs and writing that ruined everything so good about the charcaters in the 1st movie and drax and rocket are annoying af
This is my favourite movie.I was waiting so long for this.I love Groot so much.
Perfect cameo of stan lee so far!
This is a pretty epic and awesome movie, even better than the original.
Random Action with music and jokes, even good ones don't make a good movie by them self ! A good plot do !
Here, there is only a film make to fill a plot hole in the first. "Why can he grap an infinity stone ?"
From far better than the first one !
I didn't expect it to get so heavy but man..i almost cried. Great experience and great follow up.
So funny My sides hurt. A Great movie that you don't have to have seen the first Guardians of the Galaxy to enjoy.
This was pretty simple a fantastic movie, you got a very intriguing story that is well served, marvelous visuals and comedy done right. The whole "scotch tape" scene bring me down on my knees. Totally ninja movie and baby Groot should have its own spin-off and i totally agree that Drax's lines shine on the movie
It's AMAZING!! Totally worth the wait and the hype. The most important thing is that the movie is so much fun!! Feels like an adventure, has its deep moments and also some hilarious ones. The visuals are breathtaking, and they nailed once again on the soundtrack. The only thing I didn't quite like was the final showdown, but it doesn't ruin the experience.
I found the final battle between Starlord and Ego too cheesy. I loved that Ego ended up being the villain(even more because it wasn't spoiled to me), and that we finally understood Peter's lineage, but I'm glad Ego is gone and we won't see peter create rocks out of his "heart" again.
They've done it again! What a marvellous movie. The character development is brilliant. I love how the more we go on the more we find out about these guys. The soundtrack is immense, making fantastic use of some of the greatest songs ever composed in 'The Chain' and 'Brandy'. Effects are on point and more action than the first. I'd say it's as good if not better than the first. A solid 9/10!
I had so much fun watching this movie! Great cast (Chris Pratt is looking fine...), great cast additions (Kurt Russell - young and not so young - Sly, Tommy Flanagin; Stan lee (twice - of course you sit though ALL the credits); laugh out loud wit; great action (seeing it on a big screen is highly recommended). I give it an enthusiastic 9 (superb) out of 10.
Continuing with the same comedic themes and action as the first. The opening credit scene is awesome. Lots of laughs and action. Many great cameos and easter eggs. The young Ego looks amazing.
I've enjoyed the humor from goofy easy jokes to "not the right time to have this conversation" the movie carries in a relaxed but entertaining rhythm. The plots explore some family issues among the characters wich add some good drama to it. The VFX are just awesome, camera angles and money shots just fill your eyeballs and make you vomit rainbows. This was a very complete experience. Too bad blockbusters like this will never be seen as good masterpieces of drama of humor. But... You'll be entertained for sure.
Yep, it's as good as the trailers.
Fantastic picture! Spot on comedy! Super effects! Fab cast! Great storyline! Fun action! Top beginning, and after credits! Groot is the cutest root ever! Drax put me in giggle fits! Easter eggs were super! This puts the first movie in shame! Brill sound track! I liked that it can put you in tears, and then make you laugh out loud in-between, and after... It's great to be alive!
I'm so in love with GOTG this movie is so amazing too! A must see for true fans can't wait to see it again and Drax rocks!
A bit goofy and uneven at times but very funny. The Rocket and Yondu scenes are probably the best. Drax and Mantis were were great too. Just needs some better writing and more of the characters the first one teased us with. I especially want Cosmo and Howard the Duck helping the Guardians.Some of the new songs are pretty much "easy listening" rock. So the soundtrack is a little disappointing. Fox on a Run is probably the best. While I do get why there's not too much focus on new characters. To build more on relationships of the first films characters.However it felt like Alice: Through the LooKing Glass which pretty much was made to work out the issues between father and sons and sisters who didn't get along. Except, yes this movie is much better than that one.
What a great film. Plus they added a meme/inside joke in the Spanish (from Spain) version, I really loved it. Funny and emotional.
Uneven. That would be the best word to describe it. Yes, in some parts it is better than the first one. In some others it definitely does not hold up. Better: definitely is more emotional and due to the fact that Gunn did not have to introduce the characters anymore he had more time to flesh out what makes them tick. It also is funnier, however it tries to be funny a bit too much sometimes. It's like trying to go for 10 jokes but only 5 hit their target, whereas Vol 1 had much less but hit every time. Chemistry between Mantis and Drax was off the charts. Sisterhood between Gomorra and Nebula was explored deeper than in part 1. Worse: Definitely the soundtrack. Oh man they wasted a huge opportunity. It's like someone else chose the music for Vol. 1. And while the story about Peter and his father is very intriguing the movie takes some time to get to the point. They gave Michael Rooker the role of his life and without saying too much, he made good use of it. Yondu stood on equal footing than Starlord. I will definitely see it again because it's a good movie. Given the fact that for me part 1 was the best of all Marvel movies, Vol 2 could not beat the odds of having quite the same impact for me. It's still a very very entertaining movie and I will definitely go see it again.
Watching this i realised that the Guardians are the BEST of MCU and absolutely my favorite, Thor will go down to the second place.
~~ ~~ Warning! This statement is subject to change once the solo Black Widow movie comes to life
It's like they took everything that made the first movie be spectacular and tried to do again, except not as spectacular. So the whole time it's like been there, done that. Literally nothing special to see here.
"I'm Mary Poppins y'all"
This is just insane and I love it.
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is so far Marvel's funniest and touching movie to date. With it's humor being more dry, weird, and visually pleasing to the eyes. James Gunn takes key elements of the first movie that we love and expands on it. The opening credits is more grand and the Skittles-like color palettes is off the roof here. I think Gunn's directing/writing is much stronger here, as he can work freely without any studious interference.
Honestly, I don't understand the mix feedback this is getting. Not as good as the first, but it's still a good movie. At least this was more memorable and joyful than "Civil War".
"Vols. 2" goes more in depth with these characters and give them arcs which later get payoffs. Exploring their broken pasts and flaws. Giving a richer understanding to these characters. That's why they so intriguing to watch, just for their weird & nonhuman personalities, yet feel the most human to us.
The performances from everyone were all fantastic. The comedic timing and deliver was all spot on. But my favorite character/performance was Michael Rooker as Yondou. For years I always thought Rooker was a great actor and in this he really shines. Having more character development and screen time than the last movie.
And I can't believe I'm actually going to say this, but Marvel finally got it right with it's villain. The thing I've been criticizing for years has finally hit it's bullseye. However, I can't go much into the villain without spoiling major plot points. Still, the villain was interesting and caused a lot of harm, not from mass destruction, but emotional harm to are heroes.
Uninformatively this goes into my problems I had with the movie. The film is a bit predicable, which you see things coming a mile away. Then again, despite being obvious of what's going to happen, it still got a reaction out of me.
The movie has some tone issues. Every time the film gets serious or sad, it quickly cuts to a comedic joke. I'm not saying the movie should be serious or anything. My problem is when you get so into the emotional scenes, but gets deflated before your eyes start linking water. Basically stopping me from having an emotional reaction and it got annoying after awhile.
And I didn't think the Awesome Mix tracklist isn't as strong as the first one. I liked the songs in this, especially the one at the end. I mean, at least it actually fits in with the comedic and dramatic scenes.
Overall rating: While "Guardians 2" has it's messy elements, but has its heart in right place and that's what matters. A dazzling adventure with dynamic action sequences from these likable characters. Oh and some of the best one liners in any other Marvel movie ever.
Vol.3 is gonna be some weird shit.
Ok, awesome movie. Straight up. But, as usual, they just have to add something that is cute for no reason. Do they add this so in case you want to watch it and you brought your kid and that cute whatever things makes it watchable for the kid? I don't get it...
Also, it seems like the various writers had to frations. One, the smaller one, wanted to make a musical. And the other an action packed movie. The music guys lost but they slipped in pointless songs. I wanted to skip those parts...
But still, awesome movie. Watch it!!
Fantastic follow up. It's so much fun and really develops these characters and universe into a delightful, funny, action-packed rollercoaster. It's not quite as strong as the original, mostly due to trying to rely too heavy on crowd-pleasing moments that worked so well I'm the first one. But it's still a blast. The family elements work so great. Yondu really steals this movie, in pretty much every way imaginable.
The band of misfits are back together, and this time it’s maybe slightly better than the last.
Star-lord’s dad shows up in the form of Kurt Russell and the two reconnect. Turns out he’s a god (Ego) who can shape the universe at will, and Star-lord has inherited some of his powers. When Ego reveals he has grown tired of life and wants to take over the whole universe, Star-lord has to make some important choices between his friends and family.
Family is the central theme, and almost every character is presented with a difficult decision to make at some point about where their allegiances lie. It sounds like hackneyed old rubbish but it’s all the execution and James Gunn just about pulls it off.
No one is flawless, most of the characters aren’t even all that likeable, and this lends an air of credibility to the parts where they are faced with moral dilemmas. Unlike Captain America or Iron Man, you can’t quite be sure these people are going to take the high road. It’s unpredictable and therefore relatable.
Guardians of the Galaxy was a breath of fresh air with a sense of humour that wore thin after about an hour. Vol 2 is still funny, quirky and colourful but injects some much needed emotional weight to the franchise.
the story tell deeper about every character specially Peter. i found the action flicks improve from first one. really enjoy the soundtrack and special effects. all the hate for plot is unacceptable. wish the best for Vol. 3
Really love this movie. Got it all, music, comedy, great characters and great story line filled with action !
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is fun and the characters deliver once again but the story is lacking and the villain was a little too messy for me. James Gunn effort still deserves applause though. The cast all deliver once again but sadly this falls towards the middle of the pack for the Marvel films.
Wasn't bad, it has some really fun moments, but overall it is a lot LOT weaker then the first one
Most poignant ending to any of the MCU films.
Entertaining but not without it's flaws
The first Guardians movie was a recipe that turned out better than anyone expected. Guardians 2 is what happens when you take that recipe and go extra with it. It's the Doritos locos taco of movies.
Guardians 2 isn't a bad movie, it's definitely entertaining but it's obvious this one was forced out after the unexpected success of the first film. It's pretty much the same formula in larger quantities. The soundtrack stood out in the first film so they oversaturate the the sequel with music. There was a lot of comic relief in the first film so they push the comedy to the point of silliness and dick jokes in the second film. It followed the game plan so much the big climax was all too predictable.
Visually it was great, had some good laughs but it basically recycles ideas and it doesn't add anything new or fresh to story.
For those who seek a good family movie, look no further. This one is filled with laughs and some great old tunes. The plot isn't the best with most of it VERY predictable. The acting is awesome add in the great writing and you got a blockbuster. Over all not better then the first but a good movie in its own right .
For me, this didn't beat the original, but I did love me some Groot <3 And again, outstanding music!
I had so much fun watching this movie! It truly is a piece of art if you ask me. Great cast, great script and all the animated stuff looked absolutely perfect.
First of all, I want to say that there was a character growth between the first movie and this one I hadn't expected. For one I feel like all the characters "found" themselves, they were more confident of some sorts. All the emotions between them and the friendships were very strong, which you could really feel/see. So I'd say that's pretty cool to start off with. The script was basically perfect. I laughed a lot and made a lot of "naw" sounds as well because I just can't with baby Groot, I mean people come on, I'm weak, he's too cute. Do you know who's also pretty cute? Star-Lord. HAAAA. Yup I said it. Chris Pratt is the perfect fit for him. Drax might have been the funniest character this movie if you ask me. I absolutely love him. Put the beautiful and powerful Zoe Saldana as Gamora and Karen Gillan as Nebula next to that and all is well with the world. Also want to bring up Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff and Kurt Russell. This whole cast is just amazing. As I said before all the animation was perfect. The worlds they created were so beautiful but so are all the ships. It's gorgeous, I can't add much more too that really.
I really really recommend this movie and just The Guardians of the Galaxy movies in general. I think these might be my favorite superhero movies. I'm still laughing at the part where Peter is looking for tape. That might be a spoiler but now you can look forward to it.
Vol. 1 had you hooked on a feeling. Vol. 2 will have you hooked on the feels.
I must say, I liked the original better. The movie was still very funny and enjoyable to watch, but I felt like the action and suspense was better in the first movie. Mostly because I liked the villain from the first movie better. That being said, this movie also had a lot more real emotion than the first one and I must admit that the ending was very well done.
Not so good as the first movie.
I was not a huge fan of the first movie and I'm also not a huge fan of this movie. The story is kind of boring and predictable at times as well as why even bother with something this flat…The jokes on the other hand are amazing and basically make up for the boring storyline. The photography and animations are really great as well – and how could I not say that both Groot and the Racoon aren't amazingly cute!
In some ways better than the already great first film. This follow-up had me smiling the whole time. It was funny, it was sad, it was quite simply everything that a blockbuster should strive to be.
Was a lot of fun. The first fight scene was great. Soundtrack wasn't as strong as the first IMO. A lot of beautiful shots with bright colors. Yondu's death was sad. Ego was a decent villain. Didn't quite understand why he was destroying the universe. Already looking forward to the next one but we have infinity war first.
A root canal treatment would be more entertaining... it started of nice, but I got totally lost after 30 minutes in. It's just a pathetic attempt to milk the cash cow any further. The one liners are not even funny anymore and the whole thing looks like someone was tripping on acid. Let alone the none existing an unemphatic plot. Event the excellent soundtrack wasn't able to do anything for me anymore.
Oh, and for all the haters of my comment.. I did like the first one. But that's it, no more Marvel for me, they just overdone it with this one.
Same or more enjoyable than the 1. 5 post credits. That player
Very entertaining movie! Everybody contributed to that, but baby groot stole the show though!
Ok, after the first one the stakes were high for Vol. 2. I've seen it today and it's so good! James Gunn and company naield it in an awesome way. In IMAX 3D is even better, i highly recommend it. Absolutely loved this movie.
I love the amazing amount of fun combined with great touching moments.
Absolute masterpiece. I have no bad things to say about this one. Better than first one which has been my favorite movie since it came out. I loved everything and cried like almost through whole movie. Also Chris Pratt. I love that guy, so cool. Can't wait for third one! Probably not as good as this but I trust you, Mr. Gunn!