TL;DR: A fun romp through the space side of the Marvel universe. Absurd, colorful, doused in nostalgia, definitely more innuendos than the first movie. If you are simply wondering, “Is this movie worth my time? Will it live up the fun factor of the first movie?” Yes, if you enjoyed the first movie, you will likely enjoy this one. The story does seem to drag a little bit, like it was trying to be bigger and better but wasn’t as tight of a story as the first. But our beloved characters are all there, plus baby Groot…just baby Groot.
A quick warning: If sexual content bugs you, be aware that they laid on the innuendo pretty heavy. I was almost uncomfortable with the level of innuendo. Even if it goes over most younger kids’ heads, there may be some questions during/after the movie.
In Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) meets his father, Ego. At the end of volume 1, he discovers that his father was not human. In volume 2, we learn that Ego is a celestial being who can create virtually anything and is basically immortal. Ego also lays claim to being a god, and offers Peter an opportunity to lay claim to his ability to also be a god (or so it seems).
When I got out of the movie, I will be honest here, I loved baby Groot, and really enjoyed the plot line with Gamora and Nebula, but it wasn’t my favorite Marvel movie. My thoughts pretty much ended there. I later talked to two separate people who both said that they were really bothered with Ego being portrayed as a god.
Personally, I got that Ego was an alien with, well, a huge ego. Very powerful, yes, but not a deity. But I also know who God really is. Everything in my life is viewed through the lens of knowing the living God, who has no beginning or end and certainly isn’t a brain in the center of a planet. I’ve known this pretty much as long as I can remember.
But what about people who don’t know who God is? Could seeing a character on the screen claim to be a god add to a list of defenses of why “of course there isn’t a real god, I mean look at this nonsense”? Could it possibly give them a nudge away from truth?
I don’t know the answers to those questions, and I’m not here to tell you what to think. But I do believe they are good questions to ask ourselves. Entertainment is not just about hollow time-fillers—even if it includes a talking raccoon with an attitude. Entertainment gives us an insight into different worldviews and more ways to connect with people around us. Entertainment gives us a platform to jump start discussions about things that really matter.
The core message of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 comes down to the fact that family isn’t always blood. The Guardians are a ragtag group like so many other from fiction (Firefly anyone?), yet they are still a family. Even if some of them try to kill each other occasionally.
Heidi Joelle spends her days staring at paperwork and making sure it is where it is supposed to be, how it is supposed to be, when it is supposed to be. And then she comes home and makes sure the porky little dog isn't eating a trashcan. Between these two events she tries to learn and see as much of the world around her as possible.