“The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”
- Expectation: 9/10
- First View: 8/10
- Rewatch: N/A
When you have interesting, fully fleshed out characters, cast the perfect actors for the part, and have a skilled and talented director, you can forgive a movie for not having a solid plot. Really, it’s not even a plot. This movie was just a collection of scenes that were vaguely connected, if only by the fact that all the characters know each other and bump into one another. Again, when you have the rest of the movie done well, the lack of plot is acceptable.
After the hit that was the first Guardians of the Galaxy, my expectations were probably a bit too high for the follow up. Don’t let my calling out of the films lack of plot lead you to believe I didn’t like to film, I thoroughly enjoyed it. All the characters are a blast to watch. Even though they’re larger than life characters, they feel completely believable and relatable. Who would think you could relate to a genetically altered trash panda? or a raging, takes-everything-literally brute? That’s the magic behind Guardians, strip away the alien features and you’ll find real human emotions underneath.
I don’t have much to say about the film itself, it felt like a filler, a “let’s catch up with the guardians for a bit before they join the rest of the Marvel universe” sort of vibe. Yondu, played wonderfully by Michael Rooker, was definitely the star of this movie. I didn’t go into this thinking he’d be my favorite character, but by the end I was convinced he’s the best part of these films. Everyone else did a great job as well, playing their characters well, riding that line between believable yet fantastical. The film was visual candy, full of color and slick camera moves, and a mix of solid action and mostly funny jokes. This is another win for the Guardians franchise, a fun flick, and I hope they can make a few more of these movies before their cinematic arc ends.