Guardians of the Galaxy 2: A Review


Charlie Martin, Editor-in-Chief

Let’s be real here: who doesn’t need more of Rocket the “trash panda” or Baby Groot in their lives? Luckily for us, the new movie Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was released on May 5, giving everyone exactly what they needed – plus a little bit more.


It’s incredibly hard to live up to the first movie when making a sequel, but it was sure a valiant, and well put-together, attempt.


This sequel carried the same satirical, sarcastic vibe as the last movie, even including in touching scenes that could make you cry. So, in a sense, it was exactly like the last movie, just with a different plot.


Sadly, even some of the jokes were played out from the last movie.


I’m not going to say it wasn’t enjoyable – because it was. I laughed, teared up, shook my head, and admired the fight scenes.


The premise of Peter Quill finding his dad and uncovering his own true potential was breathtaking, and Chris Pratt did an amazing job portraying the wide variety of emotions his character, Quill, had to feel for his father.


In addition, each detail was thoroughly planned out, and almost perfectly executed. Gomora trying to hunt down her sister while ending up reconnecting with her was incredible in the acting part, but was really a subplot to the movie that didn’t really add too much.


However, hearing them cry and reconvene was still a touching moment that felt rushed, but much needed in the movie.


The details of Rocket back-talking to near everyone on the group was an interesting premise, and the fact that he was called about four other things than what he actually is (a racoon) simply added to his own storyline of feeling utterly alone. This came across well, and had a purpose in the movie other than filling in space and creating some funny, bickering moments (although those are always great, too).


One of the most important scenes in this movie would be when Yondu sacrificed himself for Quill.


He then, in his last breaths, admitted that he felt as though he was Quill’s father. He had, in fact, saved him from Quill’s devil-spawn father (who murdered his own children as well as everyone he loved, including Quill’s mother), and taught him everything. The funeral scene for him brought a bittersweet sense of closure to the movie, as you couldn’t help but feel bad for Yondu, but he received the good-bye that he had always dreamed (even if he dare never say it aloud).  


All in all, this was a very well-thought out, funny, pull-on-your-heartstrings, make-you-mad-ten-times-over type of movie and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it (especially Baby Groot, who was pretty much the star of almost every extended humor scene).
3.5/5 paws.