The first Guardians of the Galaxy movie gave the Marvel fans what they wanted in the MCU and that was some cosmic craziness. GOTG knocked it out of the park by giving us a great cast of characters along with arguably the best villain in the MCU so far but what it didn’t give us was background to the characters lives; why they are how they are. This characterization was fulfilled in a big way in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 showing us a deeper look into the lives of every main character.
I’m not here to go into detail about every character and how awesome they were in this movie though. I’m here to talk about what I was most excited for when I went to see Guardians 2 and that was the music. I don’t think I’m the only one when I saw that the first movie stole my heart through its soundtrack and the way James Gunn was able to work the songs so perfectly into almost every seen. Moonage Daydream by the late David Bowie is now one of my most favorite songs because of Guardians of the Galaxy. So, needless to say I had high hopes for how the music was going to be incorporated into the sequel. Sadly I left the theater disappointed because I found the songs not nearly as catchy and there wasn’t as much of a focus on the music for every scene. Trust me I know its a little harsh to judge the movie by its music when it was a fantastic movie as a whole, I just expected more out of it.
One thing I did like about this movie that a lot of other people are a bit skeptical on is the comedy. All over the internet and every social media site I’ve seen posts saying “GOTG 2 relied too much on comedy”, “the comedy dragged on too long”, and “the jokes just didn’t stick with me”. Well I completely disagree with all of that. I thought the comedy in this movie was perfect. Marvel has been in the habit recently of making super serious movies with dark colors and ominous tones, whereas this movie felt like a true comedy.
All in all, I still feel that the first Guardians movie is still better because it was so magical at that time to see what the cosmic universe looked like within the MCU and everything crazy that came along with it. If I had any suggestions for the third Guardians film it would be to let James Gunn do whatever the hell he wants. He’s hit both of these movies out of the park and I hope he never stops making movies for the Marvel cosmic universe.