Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2 is the sequel to arguably the most well recieved blockbuster we've seen come out of the Marvel-universe. Here we catch up not too long after where the first film ended, and the Guardians are already on one of many mission to save the scientist race The Enclave and their precious batteries from a giant tentacle monster. True hentai shit. Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) nicely welcomes us into the ride with soft music and comedic background action.
After leaving the planet with the whole Enclave fleet on their tail, things seem to go bad for our protagonists. Strangely the fleet suddenly gets blown to pieces in an instant. Into the scene enters a spacecraft with the looks of a white testicle whose driver, upon getting in contact with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), claims to be his biological father Ego (Kurt Russel). Things seem to get more intense after Drax (Dave Barrista), Gamora (Zoe Kezako) and the newfound familiy members leave to visit Ego's own planet. Though things quickly turn out not to be what they seem to... Duh.
From here on out, spoilers boy. Be warned.
Things i enjoyed: This movie has some fantasic moments in design. The beatiful and very joyful colors takes my breath away several times during the flick. Yondu's (Michael Rooker) very iconic needle for a weapon soars even more bright and haunting than before, and i think James Gunn has in general done an amazing work with pointing out the right set of items in focus for the frame.
We also see Gunn take a different approach with the development of the charachters. Both good and bad. The most outstanding is definitly Rocket. A prime example of someone struggling with finding his place in the world and trying to rebel against his own problems. Standing in the shadow of whole group, though especially Peter, makes us see Rockets more serious side when Ego enters the picture and Peter get's the long awaited father he never had. This is something Rocket, as born out of a lab, has never had, and brings forth a much deeper development of his character than the previous movie. Good job on that one Gunn!
Things I didn't like: Ok, first things first, Ego. As an antagonist this charachter was so unbelivably boring I didn't feel any real power and push from his perspective. Just another bad guy who want's to take over the galaxy. Kurt plays the part good, though it doesn't feel very motivated. I would think this is because of poor charachter design. You knew from the very first sight that something was up with this guy. Instead of handing it to me directly make me question what's really going on. Leave the viewer with some doubt about how Ego is as a character.
Even though I liked to see Drax come out of the light a bit, this was taken too far. It's happened before that a character that's good in small doeses gets brought fourth in the sequel and takes the light away from the actual plot. Another noticable example is Steve Carrel's character Brick from Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Even though it was toned down with Mantis (Pom Klementieff), it's still a bit over the top with the "I can't really understand sarcastic jokes"-thing.
One last point i'd like to bring up is why this movies stalls so much in the progress of letting us know about what's going on in the rest of the universe. I want to know more about the infinity stones. The collector was a big deal in the first movie, so where is he now? And Thanos? Can we get any more info about this guy?
It feels like this was more of a side project to get the viewer to know the Guardians to a wider extent, more than something integrated and woven into the Marvel-universe. Maybe it's just me, but i'd like to get a bit more feeling of connection to the rest of the world it all plays out in.
I don't want to throw too much shit on it though. It's a good and solid watch, and will melt your little nerdy brain if you loved the first one, as I did. Go watch it, you won't be disappoited.