Warning, this thread has open spoilers
. Do not read this if you don't want want to know what's in the movie. Rocket will be an unhappy camper.
Second last warning. Turn back while you can!
You may have heard about this movie, GOTG VOl.2.
Here is my review.
This was an excellent movie. I had high expectations going in, since I loved the original - flaws and all. The plot was thin, yet these movies don't require complex plots so I wasn't put off by that, they shine on characterization and world building. I think this is a movie whew you don't need to see the first to understand what's going on, either. They explained who was what, without getting into the nitty gritty details - you don't need to know, and what they do nee to know is explored through dialogue and characterization. Flows very naturally from scene to scene.
This movie moves further toward the comedy spectrum than the previous, at times leaning too much on that. This turned everything up to 11, the credit scene (this seems to be the only movie franchise in the MCU which has actual credits in the front of the movie) is a hilarious update on Peter's opening dancing scene. The group are hired by Ayesha to protect their plot device from an extra dimensional monster (you see the large monstrosity where Drax jumps into the mouth of), while baby Groot dances to music ignoring the huge fight scene going on behind him. The scene is strictly focused on him, too. Which adds to the humorous angle. After a really tough battle Rocket steals several batteries from this cosmic plot device. Because he's Rocket and he'll steal what he wants!
Ayesha's people get wind of this, and try to destroy the Guardians through the movie. She really, really want them dead. Ayesha is a marvel to watch, full on super-villain silliness on full display. When he remote controlled drones fail she hires the Ravagers, who kick in a sub-plot for Y-ondu - exploring his past, tearing down what authority he had with the Ravagers and intent on restoring his honor. Y-ondu is a massive part in this movie, vastly more intense than before and the performance is breath taking. You feel for his predicament, and want him to succeed. The guy gets put through the ringer the whole movie, everyone shits on him. Some of which end up being logical reasons.
Gamorra and Nebula are written with meatier material. Their relationship and history as Thanos play things are explored fully, when the circumstances behind Nebula's life are in the spotlight she is very sympathetic and tragic. They're able to overcome their differences, though this is not easily done - they have lots of stuff to work out. Some of which are with swords, spaceship guns and fists.
Gamorra becomes slightly less of a mother figure here, she becomes the "brain" of the team and has a harder edge.
Peter is Peter. While he's the star, he doesn't really grow that much. There's this sub-plot where he tries to figure out whether he and Gamorra truly "like" each other, it almost gets there. However, about midway point then Peter tries to tell her that there is romantic tension between them (it's clear there is) he becomes an entitled jerk who ignores her protests that it is not the case. He goes overboard with this in to an uncomfortable degree, rather than listening to her opinion and backing off when she says no. This gets dropped for most of the movie and in the final act the two seem to "naturally" be a couple, except it isn't smooth since we don't get the middle section where they iron out where they stand and their feelings. It's just - over. They're a couple now.
Ego is fantastic. The character in the comics never appealed to me, here he comes off as grounded and they try to develop what he is to a more realistic explanation (soft sci-fi ala Trek) and make him "human." He's a complex character, with layers of motivations - and underneath it all he's a cosmic narcissist obsessed with destroying all life and replacing them with...himself. Literally. Kurt Russell is brilliant in this role. Can't say enough. The prologue has him on Earth as young Kurt dating Peter's mother being hippies. The tech for de-aging has made the leap a step further, you'd think it exactly was young Kurt Russell!
They do overdo the music with a few scenes, we get it guys - the soundtrack was a thing with the last movie. But cut it down, it was distracting when it occurred every so often for scene that didn't need it.
Marvel did it again. Can't wait for Thor: Ragnarok
and Spider-man: Homecoming.
I'm intrigued by what the forum will think about the movie in the coming days.