Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 lives up to its potential


Max Hurley, Staff Writer

Like the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, the second one, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, sticks out like a sore thumb in the Marvel cinematic universe (MCU), except in a good way. Unlike other Marvel movies, like Captain America: Civil War, this movie is visually gorgeous and puts aside Marvel’s habit of connecting it to other movies to further develop its own characters. You won’t find Iron Man in this movie but you’ll find an adorable baby talking tree named Groot.

The Guardians consists of Peter Quill, who goes by Star Lord, the leader of the Guardians and a music loving human. Gamora is a green-skinned assassin who is not like other female superheroes. She’s super tough and she isn’t just a side character, like Black Widow. Drax is all brawn no brains, he’s a crazy dude who seeks revenge for the death of his wife and daughter. Rocket is a wise-guy, gunslinging racoon and his best friend is Groot. Groot is a talking tree who only has the ability to say “I am Groot.” In the first Guardians movie, Groot was a big tree but at the end of it he sacrificed himself to save his friends. He then became a sprout and later a baby tree as a result of that.

In this movie, the bond between all the Guardians is further developed, seeing how in the first one it was all about them coming together. Now, they are a family and the movie reminds you of that a lot, constantly mentioning how much they care about one another in the dialogue and in their actions. Like all families, they argue and fight each other, sometimes they hate each other, but they always love each other in the end.

Marvel movies are usually funny and splash humor here and there, but this movie is full of it. Most of the funny lines or actions come from Drax and Baby Groot, who steal the show… or should I say movie, wink. But despite being funny, the story is developed perfectly and the majority of it was a surprise, even to fans who’ve read the comics.

I give this movie a nine out of ten. It was a fantastic movie but it couldn’t live up to the potential of the first one. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is out now and it’s worth the watch. I would recommend watching the first movie because they are closely related and it will help you understand the sequel a lot more.