Here are my thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD!
Peter and His Father
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 gave Peter Quill more of a character background, and introduced his father into the franchise. It was obvious that Quill’s father was going to be the villain, especially if you read the comics, but the film does a pretty good job at building him up as a villain. Even if the final battle was too lengthy for its own good. A great theme throughout the film is that blood doesn’t make a family, which is why Quill’s father made a good villain.
I remember a complaint I had about the first Guardians of the Galaxy was the lack of team chemistry, which was understandable because these characters were just coming together to form a team. One of the biggest improvements in this installment was the team dynamic.
This biggest problem with this film was the pacing! Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 could have at least 45 minutes shaved off, there were definitely times I was looking at my watch to see when the film would end. This was especially prevalent in the final battle, and with Yondo and Rocket’s escape.
Effect on the MCU
Guardians of the Galaxy made a giant impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, when it was first released. People fell in love with how different Guardians was from other MCU films. So I expected something new in the sequel, but sadly that never happened.
Was the first one better?
This is a hard question! As I said in the last section Guardians was a hit because of how different the film was, and people fell in love with the franchise’s aesthetic. I probably enjoyed watching Guardians of the Galaxy more, but the characters were better in Volume 2.
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