(Spoiler Free) Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2, is in some ways even more of a trippy ride than the first one.
There’s the same manic energy, the same ridiculous, over the top humor. It’s exciting, and epic, and as crazy as a box of ferrets on crack.
Guardians of the Galaxy was unique, fun, and more than a little unhinged. The characters were interesting, the stakes were high, and it had surprising depth for a movie with a talking racoon.
Flash forward to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. It turned the crazy to 11, More characters, more excitement. It’s an ensemble cast where every character has their moment to shine.
It’s not entirely perfect. Gamora never quite gets the emotional depth of the other characters, despite several opportunities. Baby Groot is highly entertaining, but rather limited. There’s a sort of predictability to the plot, we already know where the characters are going to end up, just from seeing them at the beginning. This is them finding their groove, seeing how they’ll work together. It’s a team-building movie. But it’s just as much fun as the first one and there’s plenty of great jokes.
All in all, it’s a solid movie. The actors did a fantastic job, the characters were spot on, and the humor and action were both great (if sometimes mind-boggling). The themes of family run throughout, and the most powerfully emotional scene in the movie was one in which there weren’t any words.