By: Alex Chiles, who you can follow on twitter here: @axchiles
Estimated read time: 2 minutes
One sentence review: Despite lacking the freshness of the first, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the adventures in a way that complements the first film but ultimately doesn’t do anything to add to it or the genre itself.
Full review: The first Guardians of the Galaxy is one of my favorite MCU films. I loved that it took a risk with characters nobody really had heard of, was brave enough to essentially isolate itself from the rest of the MCU, and had a great deal of heart and humor mixed into fun action set pieces. Was it perfect? Certainly not- the villain needed some serious work (sorry Lee Pace, it wasn’t your fault)- but overall it was a very, very good film.
So what about volume 2? If nothing else, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is more. It’s more humor, more ridiculous action sequences, more heart. It’s the classic sequel move- if the audience liked it the first time, let’s bring them more of that same thing in round 2. How you respond to the “more” is very subjective. Some people are saying this is better than the first, and I can understand that viewpoint. For me though, this film suffers from diminishing returns, where more isn’t better and instead it reduces the overall effectiveness of film. I saw an article online that describes this film as a young boy throwing skittles at you over and over, and I think that’s a perfect description. Skittles are delicious, but it’s hard to enjoy them when they are being pelted at you in rapid succession. The biggest disappointment for me here was that I barely laughed at all. Despite the ever-constant attempts at humor, most of it fell flat for me. More isn’t always better, and some discipline could have turned this enjoyable experience into a great film.
Should you watch this movie? Yes, but I can’t promise you’ll like it.
Where? There’s enough action in this one to justify seeing it in a theatre.
Top 10 so far:
- Get Out
- Guardians in the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Kong: Skull Island