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Film Review – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers no nonsense reviews that are meant to educate as well as entertain.

15 Responses

  1. You’ll probably disagree, but I think that you’re both right and wrong about the plot. I think the only plot that James Gunn was concerned with was the deepening of the relationships of the guardians. The first movie took them from acquaintances to “work friends” and in this movie they move from actual friends to family, fast and furious style. The plot that unfolds (or doesn’t) is background noise or is only supposed to serve this end. There are a few scenes in the movie where large action set pieces actually happen in the background. Something seemingly innocuous or some funny back and forth happens in the foreground because that is where Gunn wants our attention. I can see, however, if you pull focus to the background events how it can seem like the plot is a mess.

    • MovieBabble says:

      I have no problem with a big budget movie that focuses on characters and relationships over explosions. But when you make it repetitive and monotonous like Gunn did a little then I get bored as a viewer.

      • I get that and I do agree with you. It was good enough for me though because by the time something might have turned me off I was already hooked. I actually like it more than the original because of the character depth and evolution, but in no way do I think it’s without flaws.

      • MovieBabble says:

        And I don’t blame you for liking it as much as you do! There’s still a great deal of fun to be had. All film is subjective anyway. I’d never be mad at someone who feels differently about a film than me, it only makes discussion more interesting!

  2. Kylan Riley says:

    You and I have pretty much the same views on this movie. I’m glad I’m not the only one that can criticize the MCU

    • MovieBabble says:

      Good to know! Everyone needs to learn to treat every movie on the same playing field.

  3. TheWarner says:

    I just returned from the theater, and I agree with most of what you wrote. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s plot was all over the place. It also wasn’t as funny as the first, but stylistically I thought it was great. I guess I’ve been spoiled by the Captain America movies, in that each sequel has been better than the previous film, in my opinion. I think the age regression was great. I was just thankful it didn’t look like the crappy CG used in Tron: Legacy or Terminator Salvation. 😏

    I’m concerned about Marvel’s Infinity Wars movies, as I’ve hated the last few Marvel sequels, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War excluded. I didn’t like Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3, or The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was just a mess. I wonder if they will be able to give us a cohesive plot, given they have to mesh so many storylines and characters together. Hopefully Thor: Ragnarok will be good.

    • MovieBabble says:

      I thought the age regression was amazing! A lot of the time there’s an uncanny valley effect with the technology but I couldn’t tell at all!

  4. dominhk says:

    Nice balanced review. In fact, I think you were pretty kind to the film. For me it committed the cardinal sin by boring me. Honestly, from the opening sequence where the Baby Groot marketing campaign kicked off I thought the film was in trouble, kinda “Oh shit, they’ve played the Baby Groot card IN THE FIRST SCENE!” This was then mirrored at the very end of the film by the credits, yep, the credits let me down. Whoever thought replacing various names and roles with red “Baby Groot” text was in any way clever or amusing should go and have a long hard think about just what they have done. It was just irritating. “There’s the words Baby Groot in red, oh wait it has changed to “Dave Montero – Foley, hey wait, there it is again, oh and it has changed again, wait there agai . . .and another, and anoth . . .and there too . . .” and-so-on-and-so-forth. Such a shame, I was so up for this film, in the end, I preferred Fast 8, which I saw in a double header with this. Cheers.

    • MovieBabble says:

      Thanks for your thoughts! Surprisingly, I felt that Baby Groot was solidly mixed into the rest of the film. This film certainly has some major narrative issues, but (and it’s a credit to the original) that I just love these characters so much that they elevate some incredibly thin material to a point.

  5. It’s rare to find people actually willing to criticize the MCU. Great Review

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