Weekly Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; too much going on, and way too long

In Indianapolis, the month of May holds a special significance. Not only does it normally mean rising temperatures, the busting out of summer wardrobes and longer appearances from the sun, there is also that little race that draws people from all over the country and world. The Indianapolis 500 is a time of year for which most wait with bated breath and ample anticipation. Without the historical significance, but with perhaps as much anticipation as the race at IMS, one film opened in theaters this weekend.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens with our brash ragtag group of superheroes doing what they do best: fighting mammoth, hideous-looking creatures for hire. Despite being overmatched, our heroes come out victorious. After collecting their monetary reward, they find themselves being chased by several groups of people, aliens and other creatures that wish to them death and destruction. However, things quickly get much worse.

Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is soon forced to face his painful past as he encounters a man claiming to be his father. Ego (Kurt Russell) begins to tell Star-Lord things about his past and his mother that he couldn’t know, unless he is actually his father. After his initial and understandable apprehension, Star-Lord comes around to the idea that this man might actually be his father. However, things quickly take an unexpected and drastic turn. The Guardians of the Galaxy are forced, once again, to live up to their names.

Back in 2014, because of its colorful characters and impressive soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy went on to become a massive box office success. But it also had a very straightforward and to-the-point story. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with 2017’s version. The film has entirely too much going on, introducing new characters and at the same time attempting to tell us more about the characters we already know. While it is often funny, the unfocused script makes for a bloated, nearly two and a half hour runtime.

While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 does bring the funny, it’s at a much lower pace than its predecessor. In addition to its script, the direction is also unfocused at times as well. There are several instances where a scene goes on for way too long just for a laugh here and there.

Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel’s best film franchises but 2017’s version felt like a longer, less funny and less compelling rehashing of 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s still fun, but fails to live up to its predecessor. 3 out of 5.