Benz Eye View: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Pros: 

1.) All the characters have such great chemistry with each other.  What this film does is pair each of them with certain characters that work opposite to the other, and play with that (i.e. Rocket with Yondu, Gamora with Nebula, Drax with Mantis, etc.).  It makes their conversations natural and funny despite the characters being complete opposites at times.

2.) Even though it is pretty obvious at times, the CG looks great.  It may be thanks to the last MCU film, Doctor Strange, but it seems like Marvel is improving on the computer graphics department.  Especially on action scenes, the CG is bright, colorful, and amazingly well-done (there are a few glaring errors, but not enough to fully distract people).  It is actually an improvement over many of previous MCU films:

3.) Considering that this is a sci-fi film, the costume, alien, and environmental designs are awesome.  It is hard to be creative, because…I am Groot.  Seriously, it reminds me of many other sci-fi films (i.e. Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who) in a good way, because it shows how creative the filmmakers when making this film (which helps since this is based off of a superhero comic book series).

 

Cons: 

1.) There are a few jokes that I did not expect in this film, because they are way too adult.  This is not part of the Marvel Netflix series that is aimed for older audiences, it is part of the MCU which is aimed for everyone.  They do not belong, and many family members will be caught off guard with these lewd jokes.

2.) The central plot is not really clear until near the climax.  There are several different subplots that could be considered as the main central plot, but it is not clear since they get equal amount of time (most of it, but I will get to that).  As a result, it is kind of confusing which to truly follow, because many of these subplots are different from each other, and do not really come together until the climax.

3.) A few of those subplots are pretty forgettable, because it gets easily glossed over with the more important subplots.  Not going to lead to any spoilers, but let’s just say that certain characters that were written to be a big deal easily get forgotten with a much bigger threat.

 

Overall: 

Continuing with the MCU, we get the sequel of the Guardians of the Galaxy.  When that group was announced to be part of the MCU a few years ago, I was with everyone else and thought, “Who in the world are the Guardians of the Galaxy?”  When the movie was released, the small-known superhero group became a huge success.  Now, we have the sequel of a successful superhero group that has improved from its predecessor, but lacked in other areas.  Characters are great as usual, but the narrative is a little jumbled up until the climax where the fun truly begins.  Some of the new characters are great on their own, but there are others that are either underused (which it is a shame, because they got some great actors like Sylvester Stallone to be in this film) or kind of a joke.  Either way, this film will please Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy fans since it is so much as they intended it to be: a fun ride.  If you are one of those fans, you will be glad to see the next film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

8/10

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