In the latest episode of Screen Junkie's Emmy nominated Honest Trailers, they take a look at one of this movie season's earliest and biggest hits, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. In May, Marvel released the much anticipated sequel, which had an impressive $146 million dollar opening and enjoys a 82 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer. The follow-up was a success on multiple levels and with the principle cast poised to return in next year's Avengers: Infinity War, it seems that the franchise will inevitably go to even higher heights.
Director James Gunn returned to write and direct the sequel and chose to focus the movie around the theme of family bonds. The main thrust of the plot involves Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) finding his extra-terrestrial father Ego, played by Kurt Russell, after a life-long search and how this reunion affects him and his crew. While the emotional core of the movie rests with Yondu (Michael Rooker), who raised Star-Lord as a Ravager and one of his own.
In a summer full of disappointing releases, Marvel's offering was the quintessential summer release that's custom-made to entertain the masses with a colorful palette, the return of lovable and recognizable characters, and a kick-ass soundtrack.
Screen Junkies makes a clever observation that the movie is reminiscent of the late 1980s television hit, My Two Dads, in which two fathers raised a child. (Yes, that was a relatively edgy concept just a few decades ago). The underlying observation is that the emphasis on comedy routines and characters having a good laugh, may have resulted in a movie that feels more like a sitcom than an epic space opera. One of the loudest critical complaints of the sequel has been that it questionably doubles down on the character interactions and comedic bits found in the original, which results in a plot that may feel a little thin.
While Screen Junkies are known for their comedic takes, they are equally relentless in breaking down film's flaws and shortcomings. With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, they manage to make some poignant observations about the franchise that may need to be resolved in future films, such as repetitive story beats, death without stakes, and a collection of heroes that have proven to be physically invulnerable. With all that said, the Guardians franchise is the most fun space adventure that you will find this side of Star Wars. Being roasted on Honest Trailers has become a rite of passage for blockbuster releases, so it's easy to imagine the cast and Gunn laughing along with all of us.
Source: Screen Junkies