by Eric Storms
A sassy raccoon. A tree-like warrior. A green-skinned female cyborg. A primitive strongman and a half-human hero. These odd characters band together to form the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel crime fighting group that was a large success in the box office when Guardians of the Galaxy was released in 2014. The sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, debuted last Friday and outdid its predecessor as it ended the first weekend 54 percent ahead of the first with $145 million in box office revenue, according to hollywoodreporter.com. But the second edition beat out the first in more than just ticket sales.
The new release was able to further grow the beloved personalities of the original characters. While all of the characters learned lessons and grew in the first movie, the plot of this sequel involves all of the characters fully confronting their biggest flaws and fears.
Such a profound development might be expected for a singular main character, but here Marvel was able to thoroughly do it with more than five leading roles. Getting to know and understand the characters at a deeper level only elevates the movie-watching experience. The sequel makes the first movie feel like more of a TV pilot while this is the shocking season finale.
The first movie gained notoriety for its ’60s and ’70s throwback soundtrack and the sequel boasts more classics from the era, intertwining them into the plot as the tape they are played from has significant meaning to the main character, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt).
Of course, Marvel also did a great job with keeping the plot full of action and excitement, as it is able to do with most of its movies. But a strength of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the continuation of quirky and light humor that would make anyone of any age laugh out loud. These moments happen more frequently and are more effective in the second movie, as the directors clearly noticed what kind of humor worked and what kind didn’t.
Many might not expect just how emotionally touching the second movie is. The first had its moments, but it was nothing compared to the ride the second volume takes viewers on. The plot has many different aspects and parts to keep it engaging and is an emotional rollercoaster.
The movie is full of legitimately unpredictable twists and frequently turns on a dime just when it appears the matter is resolved. The depth of emotion and sadness some of these scenes bring really set it apart from the original. Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a movie that can excite viewers with its stunning plot and action scenes while also making viewers cry both from laughter and sorrow.