*NOTE: This post contains huge spoilers for the movie Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. If you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want the plot spoiled, don’t read any further.
Yesterday evening I went to see the second installment in Marvel’s Guardians franchise. I really enjoyed the first movie, and have been looking forward to the second one for a while. I didn’t know much about this series from the comics, so these movies have always been pleasant surprises for me. While watching the plot unfold, I was reminded of the reasons we go to watch movies in the first place.
I loved the second movie in this series. Like the first, I didn’t feel that it brought anything groundbreaking into the cinema world. However, it didn’t need to. Because its plot is well paced, characters are interesting and real, and the humor is good, it didn’t matter. I don’t go to see a Guardians movie to see the best in cinema, I go there to have a good time with characters I enjoy.
In that department, this movie did not disappoint. From a cinematic perspective, everything lined up with the characters’ storylines. While this rarely happens, if ever, in real life, it is satisfying to watch a perfect plot unfold in film. Gamora and Nebula reunite and make up (mostly). Rocket confronts the reasons why he’s an asshole a lot of the time, finding a parallel in Yondu. Peter finds out that his true father is a megalomaniac trying to rewrite the universe in his own image, and, after defeating this man, he realizes that Yondu was the real father figure in his life. And of course, there’s a lot of baby Groot.
This movie was simply satisfying to watch. All of the plot threads tie up neatly into a bow at the end, leaving the viewer content with what they just saw. As I mentioned, this doesn’t really happen in real life, and it reminded me exactly why we love movies.
The characters are another strength of the Guardians franchise. Their team has some of the most unique members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They also have some of the most relatable characters. Everyone on the Guardians’ team is flawed in some way, and this movie takes the chance to explore that. It’s refreshing to see a team of superheroes argue with one another due to their personalities and flaws, rather than because a villain exploited weaknesses to turn them against one another. Through the movie we see the Guardians come together as a team.