Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – Sibling Rivalry

Does Marvel have the galactic talent to have lightning strike twice? Doug and Rob take a look at Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

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  1. I stopped early just in case this was a spoiler review. I’m seeing this movie tomorrow and I’ll come back then. I think I’ll like it because Guardians of the Galaxy was my favorite Phase Two Marvel movie.

  2. It’s funny, I remember when everyone was going on about how they liked the first movie and sang its praises over and over, personally I didn’t really feel the first one that much. I felt like at times, it would kinda sabotage itself quite often, going into irrelevancies and had way too many lines I could feel the manipulation in. There were things the characters would say where I could just feel the writers forcing it out as a potential meme and quote. They even basically took the ‘puny god’ scene note for note with little difference and gave it to Groot. So while I did like it overall, I felt it was a bit too forced and didn’t have enough of a centre to it.

    This movie, on the other hand, I felt a lot more. I felt the emotions the characters were going though, I connected a lot more with what was going on. It genuinely came across as a passionate piece that was crafted. I liked that it could slow down, take its time sometimes, and actually show a genuine sense of scale for the worlds. Plus, Ego the Living Planet was so much better as a villain than… -googles villain from the first movie- “Ronin the Accuser” (I had to look his name up mid-way through typing because of how boring he was, I forgot who he was supposed to be based on. He’s a fantastic character in the comics, but pathetically dull in the movie).
    But yeah, as a cohesive film, a story and in terms of its characters, humour and heart, I felt this movie was much better than the first. Fun, engaging, interesting and very different. I was happy they didn’t just recycle the first movie and did something different.

  3. TragicGuineaPig

    Honestly, I think the best Marvel movies so far are the ones that aren’t really straight-up superhero movies, but incorporate other elements and genres into what they’re doing. Captain America: First Avenger – World War II. Winter Soldier – conspiracy/espionage thriller. Guardians of the Galaxy – space opera.

    What about Galaxy Quest? That was an awesome 90s sci-fi movie, and arguably one of the best Star Trek movies made.

  4. Who is Stallone’s team?

    (SPOILER!!!)

    They’re the Guardians of the Galaxy.

    The original team was four people: Yondu, Martinex, Charlie-27, and Vance Astrovic (aka Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Movie) who lived 1,000 years in the future. Nikki and Starkhawk came later, and Mainframe and Krugarr even later. (I don’t know if Nikki is in this or if that’s Aleta.) I’ll leave it to you to look up who / what they each are.

    • P.S. Nikki isn’t in the movie either. I was unsure about who Michelle Yeoh was playing — either her or Aleta, who is half of Starhawk. It was Aleta.

  5. Say, whatever happened to Steven Vlogs? They’re like dozens of episodes behind, more coming soon, and I haven’t seen a Vlog in ages…

    • He mentioned on Facebook a few weeks back that he was planning on binging a bunch and doing a combined vlog. I think he does want to, he just hasn’t had the time.

  6. Doug, Rob, whoever:

    Completely unrelated question, but I’ve been meaning to ask:

    At the bottom of your page there are a series of Taboola-style clickbait ads.

    Also, Google Ads keeps trying to sell me a Chinese woman. When I say that offends me, they offer me Thai women. When I don’t want those, they offer me Russian women. When I try to opt out of that, they start selling me dresses and lipstick.

    My question is:
    Bearing in mind that I’m not set up to give you Patreon money, which is better for you: that I turn my Adblocker back on on this site (which means I’ll basically be freeloading entertainment off you), or that I stop coming to your site (which means I’ll stop recommending videos to my friends who might be in a better position to pay you)?
    (In either scenario, you lose my advertising revenue.)

  7. I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 this month. There’s still an arcade in the movie theater where I saw this movie in fact. I prefer Groot as an adult as adorable as Baby Groot is and I don’t know how to feel about Mantis as a character. (SPOILER ONWARDS. READ AT OWN RISK!) And now we know why Quill tends to be such a horndog. I thought it was great. The acting was mostly good. The Ravagers were enjoyably bad. I didn’t like the music as much this time around. I knew more songs in the first one but that’s personal. The action was good. I think I liked the first one 1% more than this one.

  8. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the idea that Peter’s dad is the bad guy and that Ego, is the one who made Peter’s mom die.

  9. Just saw this movie and loved it! I don’t think it was quite as good as the first one, but it was still awesome! One of my favorites of the year! I was familiar with Ego. I didn’t know if that was his direct origin.

  10. I really liked it, but I agree with the pacing issue. Rocket was a little too much of an ass, but that’s mostly okay.

    Did Pratt seem off to anyone else, especially during those emotional bits the guys mentioned?

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