Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2
We’re going to try something new here today! Planetary Thoughts will be the Planet Nestor take on a Movie Review! I’m going to post some thoughts on the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 Movie and showcase some Collectibles as well! We will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible, so readers who havent seen the movie yet can enjoy the Post and hopefully get hyped to go see the movie! And when it is all said and done, you can give us a shout on our twitter handle: @PlanetNestor and share your thoughts!
The latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sets its sights back on the cosmic side of the MCU and follows up with the gang of unlikely heroes, the Guardians of the Galaxy: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot, now in his toddler form. The gang is recruited by a group of beings known as the Sovereign, who is led by Ayesha. These beings are golden, very elegant and proper. As you could imagine, things don’t go well when Rocket charmingly double crosses them… but get this: Ayesha and the Sovereign are not the only source of trouble for our Guardians, there is family drama in store!
Family drama between the cast of Guardians ensues, but there is also a mutiny brewing among the Ravagers, who were led by Yondu Udonta. Now Kraglin and the unfortunately named Taserface lead a mutiny that ostracizes Yondu and the effects ripple across the larger Ravager community. Gamora’s sister Nebula is back in the mix and they have a lot to hash out. And of course, the big bad family drama that is the “core” of the film: Star-Lord’s daddy… yeah, he’s a planet.
The movie kicks into high gear as we meet Mantis and Ego, then learn about their relationship. We also see an incredible dynamic between Drax and Mantis that will have you laughing, but also feeling oddly emotional. I caught myself struggling to figure out which character was the MVP of this installment, because I really thought everyone brought their A-game!Star-Lord and Gamora are both much more developed. I think Zoe Saldaña really took her character to new places this time. Baby groot is adorable as expected. Rocket is next level bad ass. You get to see a welcome new side of Nebula. Yondu gets a whole ton of character development and it is surprisingly emotional. Mantis is absolutely awkward in the most amazing way, I’m excited to see her character return and as I mentioned earlier, her chemistry with Drax is a highlight! Of course you know Hollywood legend Kurt Russel most definitely brings it as Ego the Living Planet, his chemistry with Criss Pratt is wonderful.
Rather than try to overblow the scale and spectacle of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, James Gunn and company crank up to eleven what made the first one special: Great use of music (all songs motivated by Plot), great chemistry between the characters, a whole lot of humor and a ton of heart!
One great thing is the approach the the end credits: I call it the “Cannonball Run” method, where the credits run for a bit with cool music playing, then humorous clips or outakes pop in and out. We’re treated to FIVE Post credits scenes, but they are all pretty much contained into the Guardians of the Galaxy cosmic side of things.
I must say I was pleasantly pleased by the movie. I think some reviews really undersold the movie, but I’m also willing to understand that the comedy and tone might not appeal to everyone, especially movie goers looking for something “dark and edgy”. If you’re an MCU fan, you don’t want to miss this as there are wonderful teases for what’s to come in the future for the Cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and of course, the legendary cameos!
Get out there and see this movie!