Marvel Studios released its next installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy and deepens the lore of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Being a huge Marvel fan and thoroughly enjoying what Marvel has done with all of their incredible characters on the big screen, I felt like they slightly missed the mark with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. This isn’t to say that the film is terrible by any means - in fact, it is quite the fantastic film. It excels in it’s over-the-top antics of its protagonists who reprise their roles as the same sarcastic bunch of heroes they were in the first film - but it falls extremely short in terms of the pacing of the film.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 spends a lot of time on Peter Quills past (growing up without a father and the impact it had on him) and the resolution that follows. This story arch is also paired once again with the conflict between Gomora and Nebula and by the end of the film I was still unsure of what to think of latter. The choreography of the action sequences and the beautiful cinematography were attention-grabbing and well-constructed which are the aspects of the film where I felt they very much excelled. The overall action of the film did not occur as often as they did in the first and were not as edge-of-your-seat intense but were still entertaining to watch. The film also introduced a good amount of Marvel characters into the universe that are all very interesting in their own unique ways and will more than likely see their way into future films. Although, if you have not read Marvel Comics you might not understand the significance of these characters just yet. All in all, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a great film that I would certainly recommend that you see - especially if you are already invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. - AP