Well another May, another Marvel film out, and once again it’s another winner. You almost got to admire how far the MCU has really come along since 2008. Never in my lifetime did I ever expect that one of the best films to come out from them would involve a property that no one had heard of which involved a talking Raccoon and a walking tree who only says 3 words, but……here we are. The first Guardians of the Galaxy was already a pleasant surprise when it came out and honestly, I think Vol. 2 is even better. Bold statement but I really do think so.
Partly why this feels so much better is because each character gets more to do this time around. Star Lord gets the most development out of all of them considering he’s kind of the main character of the group, but all the other cast members get plenty of time to shine. Gamora and Nebula get way more to do this time and share a conflict with each other that not only gives more insight into their past but also into giving more development for Thanos (who by the way is not physically in the movie). Drax has a nice romance with a new character Mantis (and when I say nice I mean he’s just saying mean things to her, but it’s still funny). Even Yondu gets a lot more to do and has a nice connection with Rocket. Baby Groot is also adorable and they use him just the right amount so people won’t get sick of him. The banter between all of them is just as hilarious as the last film and there were several moments where I was laughing hard at some of the jokes. But they balance out the humorous moments with some genuinely heartfelt moments as well.
Another thing that makes this better than the original for me is the villain. As much as I love the first one, the villain was kind of weak (though that can be a complaint about most of the Marvel movies). The main villain in this feels more threatening and there actually feels like some actual motivation to their actions apart from ‘I want to destroy everything just because.’ Even the Sovereign race, who I thought were gonna be just stern figures with no humor in their bodies actually had some humorous moments in this. Maybe Marvel has broken their weak villain stigma.
And of course the obvious things you would want to be good in this are very good. The action is exciting and fun to watch, the interactions like I said are hilarious, the acting is good all around, not just from the returning characters but from the new additions including Kurt Russell and Pom Klementieff, and by the end you will want to go out and buy yourself a Baby Groot toy (I know I wanted one).
So overall, this was yet another hit for Marvel and is a case of a sequel being better than the original (at least for me). I would tell you to go and see it, but I’m sure at this point you’ve already made up your mind. But in case you haven’t, I would highly recommend it.