Guardians of the Galaxy 2 2017 – Review

I saw both Guardians of Galaxy films at the cinema, and on both occasions have felt more than a little underwhelmed. I kept hearing that the first was the new Star Wars, and upon seeing it though much the same as I did about Iron Man 2. It was entertaining, but ultimately disappointing. After repeated viewings the first films has grown on me, and though by now means Star Wars, it is definitely a solid film, and worthy of rewatching. The same cannot be said of Vol.2.

The Plot
I have no issue with the basic plot, and the idea of Starlord’s father being a living planet it fine. The issue is the crassness of this part of the film, with so much devoted to exposition, followed by a truly awful boss fight that brings back sad memories of Superman vs Zod. The opening should have been great, but was spilt by the naff Groot sequence that pulled attention from the adults. Maybe keep this for the cartoon stories instead.

I did like the Sovereign race and the Ravager plot line, and felt both of these were constrained by the never-ending story on Ego. Hopefully we’ll see more of both and their colourful character in the next films.

The Characters
The best part of the series in my opinion. Each of the characters, and the actors are great. They fit in with the story perfectly, and carry the film through its weaker moments. That said, they are rather one-dimensional, with most of them now following standard tropes. Kurt Russell was excellent, and I hope to see him back to more mainstream cinema soon.

Juvenile Groot sucked. Sorry, but I liked the original character, and this one is the Jar Jar Binks of the GoG films. Cutesy sequences, and dancing about is fine for pre-schoolers, but a disappointment compared to the rest of the film.

The Aesthetics
Bright, colourful and over the top. I like the look of the film, and the retro-soundtrack works just fine for me. I preferred the sing choice in the original, but this one was good enough. On a good quality OLED television, this film is stunning.

Summary
Looks great, sounds great and is filled with fun, entertaining characters. The plot is weak, and far too many crass jokes are thrown into the film for my taste. The film knows it’s going to sell well, and it seems to revel in that.

Adequate, but still fun. I’d give it a 3 out of 5.

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Michael is a science fiction and horror novelist from Monmouthshire, situated right on the border between England and Wales, and has a substantial background in both advanced computing and ancient history, with an emphasis on artificial intelligence, machine learning and Greek military history. Michael started writing back in 2010 and since then has published more than thirty-five novels, with more being released every few months.

His best-selling space opera Star Crusades series has sold in excess of a million copies, and has expanded into multiple new spin-off series including Star Crusader, Black Widows, Mercenaries and many more. This growing saga continues to draw in new fans every month as the Star Crusades universe itself expands. Star Legions is a pseudo historical tale but with a strong science-fiction twist and combines Michael’s expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning with his life-ling interest in ancient history. As well as a writing science fiction, Michael also writes horror and action fiction, including the popular Zombie Dawn trilogy, co-written with his brother, Nick S. Thomas.

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