Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

wogma rating: Beg or borrow, but do watch (?)

quick review:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was amazing fun. It had all the jokes you wanted, and more. It had Drax’s stupid laugh. It had Chris Pratt being Chris Pratt, and best of all: It had Baby Groot. A wonderful plot, and full of great visuals, it’s perfect to watch in the theatres.

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Director: James Gunn
Running time: 136 minutes
Genres: Action, Comedy, Sci-fi
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a fun, and action-packed movie that wants to be tense. The only reason it’s not tense is because up until now, all the heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) are practically indestructible. However, this tiny detail does not stop the movie from being an absolute blast. The movie is very much like the first installment in the sense that the jokes are all extremely funny, and not slap-stick, fart and poop jokes. This movie will certainly make you laugh out loud starting from an amused chuckle to hysterical shrieks of laughter.

However story-wise, It’s not like the first movie. The story is very different from anything in the MCU, and I loved that. It’s original and funny at the same time. The director (James Gunn) once again shows that he can make a comedy with heart, and action at the same time. When Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his friends, the Guardians of the Galaxy, meet with Quill’s father, Ego (Kurt Russel), they are taken to a planet owned by him, but Gamora (Zoe Saldana) feels something is wrong. With the theme of family at its heart, the story is about the difference between a Father and a Dad.

That part of the film seems extremely cliché, but it shows us the what it means to be of family. Not just a group of friends who have been together for a long enough time to basically be siblings like most movies, but a group of friends that are constantly fighting with each other, everybody wanting their own way. Anyone who’s been a sibling knows of that fight about who gets to control the T.V. remote. Guardians of the Galaxy is basically that, only it's a spaceship instead of a television.

The visuals are outstanding. James Gunn made the deep, vast expanse of Space colourful, which properly describes the tone of the movie as our heroes go through a very dark storyline telling jokes all the way.

All the performances are brilliant. The jokes are told at exactly the right moments and in exactly the right manner. Drax (Dave Bautista) repeatedly did an extremely loud, goofy laugh, that made my day. The one other performance I would like to emphasize is Vin Diesel's as Baby Groot. If you've watched his other movies, you'd know that Vin Diesel has a gravelly, growling voice, which he uses for Groot in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie perfectly. However, Baby Groot has a high-pitched, baby voice, and I was surprised as to how well it worked out for the movie.

You have to watch it of course, but here's something more to look forward to. Stick around until the very end of the credits. Do not leave the theater (or turn off the DVD) until the screen goes black. There are a handful post-credit scenes.

This review is by guest reviewer Arsh Kabra. He is an English and Creative Writing student at Ashoka University. This is really enabling his vindictive attitude towards movies. Arsh Kabra also blogs at

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What Worked

  • Kurt Russel as Quill’s father.
  • All the jokes.
  • Baby Groot.
  • Drax’s loud laugh.
  • Yondu and his arrow.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The lack of stakes.


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • Everyone survives everything!

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A lot, but not gory.
  • Language: Occasional ‘S’ words and ‘D’ words.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Only in dialogue.
  • Concept: A superhero movie about unraveling our hero’s past.
  • General Look and Feel: Fun. Lots and lots of fun.

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Running time:
136 minutes

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Ritu bagchi

Very well written review Arsh!!

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