On Star Wars Celebration Day, May the 4th, I opted to visit a galaxy not so far away or so long ago.
The first Guardians of the Galaxy completely took me by surprise, and instantly became one of my favorite all time movies. It even surpassed my enjoyment of a number of the sacred Star Wars flicks (and yes, more than just the first 3 episodes). It felt new. Vibrant. It possessed a life about it that pulled me in. So, how does Vol. 2 stack up?
They took everything that stood out about the original and cranked it up to 11. The visuals, the action, the comedy, the Groot, it’s all been turned up. And, it works. Mostly. Did you fall in love with Baby Groot at the end of Vol. 1? Of course you did, so now you get all the Baby Groot you can stand and then some. Did you find Drax’s boisterous laugh infectious? Prepare to need shots for all the infections you’ll get the 2nd go around…
Much like the new season of MST3K, the jokes come at a more rapid pace, which could have easily killed all the heavier moments, but thankfully they all hit just as hard and heavy as they should. Mostly. Some jokes just fell flat and I can feel the awkwardness of it, but even when they do you can just sit in awe of just how utterly amazing the movie looks.
But that’s just being nit-picky. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a pure thrill ride that is a must-see-in-theater experience. I can easily see myself watching this a few more times on the big screen before grabbing it day one on Blu-Ray.
Yondu and Mantis are the true stand outs for me. The Drax/Mantis dynamic is fun to watch evolve. Rocket is Rocket. Starlord is Starlord. Kurt Russell is all the glory that is Kurt Russell. When I first heard that he was playing Ego, I was both ecstatic and scared at the same time. Scared not of the casting, but pulling off Ego the Living Planet without being flatout stupid on film. Everyone brings their A-game here and it’s great to see the ol’ crew back at saving the galaxy again.
I don’t want to spill into any real spoiler territory so I’ll end this here. Do be sure to stay past the first credits scene. And the second. And the third. And the fourth…