Not sure what to expect from the sequel to 2014’s surprise blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy? Obviously, we have a short spoiler-free review.
What’s it about?
Set a couple of months after the first film, we see the new life of the Guardians as heroes-for-hire in the deepest reaches of the Milky Way. But when Star-Lord embarks upon a soul-searching quest for his biological family, his found family is faced with the imminent destruction of the galaxy. Again.
Is it any good?
- Yes! It doesn’t quite soar to the same heights as the first one, but it’s still thrilling and hilarious, an excellent ride. It’s a fitting middle act, complete with darkness, sadness, sacrifice, and high stakes.
- Chris Pratt shows some incredible thespian range, and the rest of the cast rises to his challenge admirably. Even more impressive, all of the characters get awesome moments and funny moments without the film feeling too crammed; and they even added new characters in, and gave THEM character development!
- It feels like a Marvel film, but more to the point, it feels like a Guardians of the Galaxy film. The same super-technicolor visuals, the same oldies-fueled soundtrack, the same irreverent humor, the same quirky hijinks. The first film defined the formula, the second film codifies it.
Bottom line: This is a lot of fun, with a dark streak and high stakes that ratchet up the tension without being too over-the-top. It’s got some great character development, some excellent world-building, and a whole lot of heart. Just like Marvel does best.
Should I see it?
Yeah, for sure! Though, if you haven’t seen the first one, don’t jump straight to this one. Watch that one first. Also, note that it’s quite a bit darker and a little bit more irreverent than the first; it’s probably not for kids.
What should I watch for?
How do we pursue our purpose? What is a family? And what does being in a family really mean?
We’d love to hear your (spoiler-free!) observations below!