Far from it. The sequel is a amusing and, at times, heartfelt follow-up with yet another great soundtrack, but comes up just a bit short in a couple places, particularly with the whole theme of family.
This time around our reluctant hero from the last film, Peter Quill/Star Lord (Chris Pratt), is reunited with his father, Ego (Kurt Russell), who abandoned him many years before and Peter never knew why. Listen, this series is weird and that's part of its charm.
Let's start with the positive.
At the beginning of the film, the Guardians are still working together and learning how to live with each other.
The plot is fairly easy to follow, but has more than enough depth to keep the viewers interested. The Mother's Day release has been less than adored by critics (from whom it has collectively earned a 36% on Rotten Tomatoes), but audiences have earned it a more positive B CinemaScore.
The mythical epic starring Charlie Hunnam in the titular role was critically drubbed (it now has a 27% on Rotten Tomatoes), but has a relatively high B+ CinemaScore. With real body paints and special make-up techniques, actors Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan and Pom Klementieff turned into their respective fictional figures, all under the workmanship of Brian Sipe, the one who has also worked in films like X-Men, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Trek. The sense of wonder isn't quite as powerful as the first, but it's not too shabby at all.
The movie begins with a flashback to a couple going behind a Dairy Queen to see that the man planted it there then they make out; 39 years later we see the Guardians are on a platform ready for a monster that wants to eat batteries that power a whole planet. How can a sequel even compete with that? It's only outshined by Peter and Ego's very interesting story arc.
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Stan Lee's first appearance comes midway through the movie, as Rocket, Baby Groot and Yondu are using portals to bend space and time to travel towards Ego's planet.
In contrast, Christopher Nolan's three-part "Dark Knight" franchise for Warner Bros. recast Batman in a gritty light that won rave reviews and grossed more than $2 billion worldwide from 2005 to 2012.
Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy was as good as any other Marvel movie, and I recommend watching it to be up to date on Marvel movies. Gamora has a father who tortured her. Rocket was experimented on and is the only creature of his kind in the galaxy. However, I liked the introduction of Star Lord's heritage and the feud between the two sisters, Gamora and Nebula.
"I'm so impressed by them - it's a collaborative group", Braham says.