I’m starting a new segment again! As you can see, I enjoy alliteration. I also love movies. I already post adaptation reviews, but I watch plenty of other movies to blog about too, so I thought, Why not? And since I went to the movies yesterday, it’s a perfect opportunity! In this segment I won’t really be reviewing the movies like I do with adaptations — I’ll mainly just be discussing the movie and giving some of my opinions.
I went into this movie like the rest of you, thinking, There’s no way this is going to be as good as the first one. I was still excited for the movie, though; I mean, come on, it’s Guardians of the Freaking Galaxy. Okay, not really — it’s actually called Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and there’s been so much hype for it since the release of the first.
So with the sequel, same cast, same awesomeness. Chris Pratt (I liked him before he was cool) returns as Star-Lord with his gang of galaxy-saving friends to save the day once again. They encounter many foes, including gold-skinned,
hoity-toity assholes, a laughable Ravager named Taserface, and a god-like suervillain out to destroy the universe. What could go wrong, right?
Though nothing can compare to the first movie, the sequel still blew me away. The cast was incredible, the special effects were great, and the storyline was interesting and exciting — I was never bored. And it was just as funny as the first! I couldn’t have asked for a better sequel.
Oh yeah, and I think Baby Groot is even better than adult Groot — he’s so precious. He is pretty much the best part of the movie. Seriously.
Also the soundtrack! This film series easily has the best soundtrack of all movies. I often cringe at the cheesy music during movies, especially comedies and YA, but Guardians has enjoyable and fitting music. I love it.
Before I go, I’m going to briefly discuss the end-credit scenes, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, STOP READING HERE. You’ve been warned.
Guardians also had 5 end-credit scenes! In the first, Kraglin is shown practicing with Yondu’s magic arrow. It’s pretty funny, but nothing special. The second shows Stakar Ogord (played by Sylvester Stallone), leader of the Ravagers, reuniting with his old team. I guess these guys were a part of the 1975 Guardians of the Galaxy team, or just important to the Guardians universe. Nonetheless, I didn’t get it because I obviously have not read the comics. I’m not sure if this will go anywhere, or if they’ll appear in the future films, but we’ll see.
The third scene shows Ayesha, defeated and disheveled, speaking about creating a new, more perfect being than herself. She calls him “Adam,” referring to Adam Warlock — again, something I didn’t understand before researching it. Apparently, he’s an artificial, perfect human created by scientists (in the comics) who rebels against his creators (humans on Earth) and obtains one of the Infinity Stones. His background is obviously going to be different for the movie, but I’m curious nonetheless. I guess Adam plays a crucial role in the fight against Thanos in the comics, so we’ll see where this leads us. The fourth scene is dedicated to none other than Groot, but he’s Baby Groot no longer — now, he’s teenager Groot, and will probably remain so for the next movie. It’s a hilarious scene. Groot is quite moody. I’ll miss Baby Groot though…
The final end-credit scene features Stan Lee, though he appeared in the movie earlier, too. He’s seen talking to Uatu, one of the Watchers of the universe. One article I used to research these scenes gives some really interesting insight into this scene:
What’s sort of fascinating about this final Guardians 2 credits scene is that Lee is telling the Watchers stories, and it’s implied that those tales are from his many different Marvel movie cameos, meaning that he’s the same guy in all those different films. That he’s telling the Watchers what he’s observed could signal that he might be also one of them — and that all along, he’s been observing the Marvel universe that he’s been tasked to help care for. That would certainly be a perfect way to remember Lee’s vast and unrivaled comic legacy.
Stan Lee is 94 years old, of course, so that would all make sense and be pretty cool. What do I know, though — I’m just a book blogger who also loves movies, but I’m definitely not an expert.