What was that? You want another Guardians of the Galaxy movie? You want just as much fun and awesome action with a hilarious crew of idiots? Well, buddy, it’s just come out. We saw it and so should you! Here’s what we thought.
David Embry @InTheWriteHands
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is bigger, more action packed, and much funnier than the original. It seems like it took a page out of the Fast and Furious franchise’s game plan in that the theme of family was pretty strong through out. While Chris Pratt is clearly the lead in the story, it’s David Bautisitas’ character, Drax, that steals the show in my opinion. Adding Kurt Russell to the mix as Star Lord’s father only adds to the movie’s star power. This movie is fun as hell and starts the summer off right!
Eli Ramsey @TheVikingBear__
Sequels to popular movies are very tricky. There’s the temptation to do a rehash of the first one (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it), or go in a completely different direction and introduce things that don’t feel like and organic progression. When I saw the trailer to GotG Vol. 2, I was worried they would do one of these things. However, my fears were unfounded, as Volume 2 has some really good call backs to the first one, but felt different enough that it stood out on its own. It also introduces a lot of new characters and concepts to the cosmic side of the MCU that feel like a natural progression from what was established before. This is easily one of my top Marvel movies and I can not wait to see it again in theaters, if for no other reason than the perfect use of one of my favorite songs in the opening bit. (I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s really good).
Ryan Santos @ryanSCBsantos
HOLY CRAP SOOOOO GOOD! I’m continuously impressed with James Gunn’s vision for the Guardians and their universe. The film was heavy on character development for almost all of the main characters, but it’s handled in a way that’s fun and doesn’t bore the audience. As expected, the movie is filled with laughs, but also a surprisingly large amount of “the feels” and the soundtrack is just as amazing and diverse as the original. The entire cast gives stellar performances, but Dave Batista’s giant belly laughs as Drax are infectious and he constantly steals scenes along with Vin Diesel’s Baby Groot just being so gosh darn adorable. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is another huge win for Marvel Studios. Now go see it!!!
Jonathan Bussler @WurfStoneborn
Amazing! That’s the one word that keeps coming to mind when I think about the 8K 3D spectacle I just watched, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In August of 2014 we got the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie and since then I’ve been excitedly anticipating the sequel. To keep my initial thought so GotG v2 short, it’s an excellent sequel; the jokes hit early starting at the opening credits. I found myself laughing for several minutes straight. The characters continue to be fantastic and area a bit more emotional than the first go around, even fleshing out the first film’s secondary characters in great ways. I have few gripes with the movie: the middle is a little slow and the music, while great, don’t punch as hard as the first film. I loved every song on the Awesome Mix vol. 2 but I think the first film’s soundtrack is better, if only slightly. Definitely go see this movie.
Alan Mathews @JAlanMathewsJr
You ever go on a date and cover all the bases? Like, what do you do for a living and what is your family like? Pretty quickly, you find out their mom died of a brain tumor or were experimented on by scientists at an early age. You have a great time and hope they send you a text message after 3 years. And when they do you geek out so much that you feel like your skin has exploded and you’re just a baby tree person now vulnerable to the world? No? Just me? Well, that’s sort of how Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 felt. We got to know our fallible heroes in the first movie, where they came from, where they’re going, and why they’re a bunch of lovable jerks. In Vol. 2, we deal with what it’s like being around them on a regular basis. That initial uncertainty of what this relationship is, daddy issues, sibling rivalries, low self-esteem, and lashing out at those around us. This movie makes you fall more in love with the cast and especially new and peripheral characters Yondu, Mantis, and Kraglin. Be good to yourself and go watch this movie. Fall in love all over again.