'Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2' has heart, humor, and action

Tomas Mccoy
May 15, 2017

Hollywood essentially takes a weekend off after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, leaving it easily on top of the box office despite a big decline on Friday.

It's safe to say that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and has lived up to the hype by cruising past the $500 million mark at the box office this week. The sequel to the 2014 hit generated an estimated $145 million domestically, which will only continue to grow. While the computer-generated Russell isn't as creepy as the Carrie Fisher one in "Rogue One", it's still off-putting, particularly when there was so much footage of him from that era.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 now has an 87.80 ComicBook.com Composite Score, the third-highest ComicBook.com Composite Score for a comic book movie of all time.

The sequel is doing everything Guardians of the Galaxy didn't do.

One of the more common theories that has been circulating since before this confirmation, is that Lee may have been playing Uatu, the Watcher tasked with looking over Earth. Quill is an orphan finding his place in the universe. When did Gunn decide on that plot point? The first film met a similar fate, dropping 67.4% in its second Friday from $37.8 million to $12.3 million.

No More Baby Groot - Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) is growing up. Each planet has a unique and fascinating design which is beautifully brought to life, while characters like Groot and Rocket are so lifelike it becomes easy to forget they're completely computer generated. The characters are still learning how to live with one another and set aside their selfish tendencies for each other's sake. Remarkably, nearly all of them hit their mark with very few duds to be found, but laughs are not all this film has to offer.

Just like the original, this film has plenty of levity.

Put in its starkest terms, "Guardians 2" is about a charming but erratic, all-consuming father who wants to annihilate his son's entire world - and only the son, working with his supportive almost-family, can lead the way to access the father's diseased brain and save their universe.

By staying lighthearted and goofy the majority of the movie, GotG 2 doesn't take itself seriously enough which hurts it considerably when trying to make the audience stop laughing and start paying attention. Although Vol. 2 is full of laugh-out-loud moments, some jokes fall a bit flat. The strategy remains effective as long as the correct balance is found - something this film occasionally lacked. Meanwhile, at #1 it was Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is already flirting with $250 million domestically after ten days in release and has now topped $630 million worldwide. The story isn't that great.

Writer and director James Gunn deserves credit for weaving together a fantastic story that involves numerous characters.

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