Recently this weekend I went to go see Guardians of the Galaxy 2, the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy 1. The movie series is Marvel, which has produced many popular movies such as Iron Man, The Hulk, Spiderman, and other superhero movies.
In the first movie, Brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is being hunted by bounty hunters after he steals an orb owned by Ronan, a powerful villain. To escape, Quill is forced into a truce between four creatures, Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), treelike-humanoid Groot, a female alien named Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and a giant named Drax (Dave Bautista). But when he discovers the orb’s true power and the cosmic threat it poses, Quill must rally his ragtag group to save the universe.
The sequel continues the adventures of the Guardians. In this story, the Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders.
The movie starts outs with a young couple driving down the road in the 1980s setting. They drive until they get into the woods where the man shows the woman a glowing orb that he has either made or found.
Fast forward to present day, where Quill and his gang are assembling and getting ready. They are called on a mission to help the Sovereign, an alien race, to help protect their batteries from invaders.
After Rocket steals some batteries for himself, the Sovereign attacks the Guardians’ ship with a fleet of drones. The drones are destroyed by a mysterious figure, but the Guardians are forced to crash-land on a nearby planet. The figure reveals himself as Quill’s father, Ego. He invites Quill, who is accompanied by Gamora and Drax, to his home planet, while Rocket and Groot remain behind to repair the ship and guard Nebula. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereigns dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed.
There was some good music in the movie. Tracks such as Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra, The Chain by Fleetwood Mac, Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) by Looking Glass were standouts.
Songs such as My Sweet Lord by George Harrison and Flash Light by Parliament accompany the characters on their action-packed journey, which makes it more exciting and pronounced.
Despite the soundtrack being great, this movie still did not fill the quota of movie satisfaction. While the music was suitable for the different scenes of the movie, I feel like the plot was too confusing. There were many characters in the movie and sometimes it was hard to tell who was good and who was bad. There was also a lot happening in the plot so it was hard to follow all the action happening. This caused the movie to be about 2 hours long, and at the end of the movie the audience seemed to get squirmy in their seats.
Instead of being a straight plot line, there were many different stories happening at once. Peter finding his father was one story, while Rocket hiding the batteries was another. At some point Gamora was trying to be killed. This all around made for a confusing plot line, which was hard to follow.
I did not find the humor in this movie funny. While Chris Pratt, who played Quill, is often funny, I did not laugh at the tongue-in-cheek jokes he made in the movie. Many of the jokes were more adult, which made the kids at the movie feel confused. Most of the jokes were slap-stick funny, not smart humor like I would expect those movies to have.
Overall, I would rate the movie 5/10 stars. While the soundtrack was very good, the plot line was confusing and the humor was not good.