The downloadable movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) continues the story of the beloved Guardians, a ragtag group of cosmic mercenaries who have saved the galaxy and lived to tell the tale. The first Guardians of the Galaxy film (2014) was a surprise hit for Marvel Studios, so expectations are high for this sequel. Vol 2 doubles down on character interaction, comedic scenes, and excessive special effects. Does it retain the charm of the original and create a satisfying sequel, or is this another poor followup in the superhero genre?
How to Stream or Download Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
You can stream it or you can download the full movie from iTunes. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is available in several languages but the much sought Tamil and Hindi might be missing. To start streaming or downloading hit the link below the review.
The Film Review
In many ways, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is both bigger and more intimate at the same time. Whereas the first film kept the main characters together, Vol. 2 splits them up. The opening sequence of the film is a joyful action scene and sees the team executing a dangerous mission.
It’s a fun scene that highlights what makes the Guardians franchise so popular; it’s both action-packed, full of laughs, and scored with nostalgia-inducing music. However, this first scene showcases the film’s focus on comedy over everything else, which is both a positive and a negative. Before long, the Guardians meet Ego (Kurt Russell), a man with strong ties to one of the main characters. From here, the film splits into several sub-plots, as the team splits up and follows different objectives.
The main narrative of the film deals with things like family, loyalty over morality, and other intimate themes. It’s interesting then, that the film often prioritizes comedy over drama. Nearly every scene is packed with jokes, and while most of them land, some of them fall utterly flat.
There are a few jokes that go on for far too long, and even worse, some gags put a damper on otherwise entertaining action scenes. It makes sense to have some comedy, as the first Guardians of the Galaxy film was one of the funniest superhero movies in recent memory. Unfortunately, Vol. 2 has a habit of weakening its more powerful themes by overusing slapstick and repetitive comedy.
When the movie isn’t focused on the main plot, we get to experience several fun team-ups in the various subplots. These additional scenes flesh out the background of secondary characters like Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), as well as introduce new characters like Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Fan favorite characters like Drax (David Bautista) and Groot (Vin Diesel) get less screen time than I would’ve liked, but we do get some funny scenes with them nonetheless.
Overall, the movie is a mixed bag. It’s a funny movie that has a bit of heart, but it fails to live up to the original in many ways. There’s no denying that Vol 2 is an enjoyable movie, but it’s a bit forgettable due to the storytelling structure and multiple side stories. I had a good time watching Vol 2, but couldn’t help feeling like things were a bit overplayed.
The original Guardians of the Galaxy was an unexpected hit, and between then and now, it has become a household name. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 feels a bit commercialized in that way. One one hand, it gives us incredibly cool action scenes and plenty of comedy. Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of a deeper narrative and emotional weight. I recommend the movie wholeheartedly but go in with tempered expectations.