Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2—Family is Complicated

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 movie poster
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy and was not disappointed by this sequel. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume Two is a superhero space movie following the further adventures of Peter Quill—aka Star Lord—Gamora, Drax, Rocket the raccoon, and Baby Groot (a tiny sentient tree-creature) as they save the galaxy again.

1—Fatherhood

Rocket and Baby Groot are adorable together. Baby Groot loves music possibly even more than Quill does and Rocket…well, Rocket is a jackass but he’s got his reasons. They don’t stop him from looking after Baby Groot, along with the rest of the Guardians.

Peter’s relationship with Yondu isn’t the greatest—Yondu did kidnap Peter when he was a kid, after all. But there is fondness there, on both sides. Yondu forgives Peter behavior he’d never forgive in the rest of his crew, and Peter (though he doesn’t realize it for a while) sees Yondu as a father figure, Yondu being the only one he ever had. It’s a stark contrast to Peter’s relationship, or rather lack of relationship with Ego, and how things start to grow between them.

For more on this subject, check out this awesome article by Charlie Jane Anders over at Tor.

2—The Power of Love

Gamora and Nebula have a complicated relationship. They want to kill each other and don’t want to kill each other at the same time. And despite both hating their “father” Thanatos, and the competition he fostered between them, Nebula still feels in competition with Gamora.

Though we don’t see much of her, in either this or the previous film, the presence of Peter’s mother Meredith is felt throughout both films. Memories of her are what drive much of Peter’s behavior, particularly his better behavior. And love for Meredith tempted Ego away from his purpose.

I’ve already mentioned Peter and Yondu and that weird relationship. But all the Guardians have formed attachments to each other, considering each other family. Even if Rocket is reluctant to admit it.

3—The Spectacle

The fights in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 are spectacular. The first fight is with a giant tentacled monster, the camera flying everywhere—while managing not to confuse you—while you follow Baby Groot around as he dances and the rest of the Guardians get flung around. The rest of the fights are just as badass—at one point Gamora is running as Nebula chases her down in a ship, then after the ship crashes Gamora picks up one of its guns. The final fight is awesome, and I can’t really say more without giving away major plot points.

But besides the fights, there are the sets themselves. There’s the Sovereign battle-video game room, all the various space ships, and of course Ego’s planet. Ego’s planet is gorgeous, covered in plants. And the castle-thing he takes them to is stunning.

Conclusion

I liked Mantis, Ego’s empathic sleeping aid woman. Her naivety is fun rather than annoying, and she genuinely cares for people even though she’s not had much experience with them. There’s also a good Redemption Equals Death scene (I won’t say by who). I loved Guardians of the Galaxy, both the first film and Volume 2. I can’t wait for Volume 3.

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