The first of three MCU movies this year and the sequel to one of their best films too. As such this was of course one of the films I’ve been looking forward to the most this year. Seeing it also means I’ve successfully seen 20 of this year’s films in the third of the year, if I keep this up I’ll surpass my goal for the year easily.
This is one of the best films of the year so far. It’s exactly the kind of sequel you’d want for the original, more of the same while expanding on some of the characters. In fact I don’t actually know which I like more out of this and the original. It also does a great job of playing with your expectations, something I obviously can’t give examples of.
Of course the music is not just great but used perfectly, the fact it’s not just Star-Lord who enjoys listening to it now allows for some of the best scenes in the movie. Baby Groot is as adorable as he is in the trailers (and amusingly still voiced by Vin Diesel) but he’s not overused either, he’s the focus in just enough scenes to work.
One of the best things about the movie is how the characters interact. Rocket and Yondu have great scenes together, Gamora and Nebula’s relationship is explored more, Star-Lord gets to know his father and Mantis learns about social interaction from Drax (which is hilarious).
I’m glad that we’ll be seeing these characters again next year in Infinity War. I’m also interested in seeing the impact this movie will have on the comics. Oh and this should go without saying but stay for all of the credits.