The movie opens up back on Planet Earth back in the 80's and a boy and a girl are having some fun hanging out. But the Guardians aren't getting replaced. Somewhere in a galaxy far away, the guardians are doing some contract jobs and surviving a life of terror, troubles, and hillbilly oldies music. Not to mention later on we see the same Dairy Queen only it's the new DQ logo. It was a nice touch. But basically, Starlord meets a man named Ego who carries a special connection to Peter Quill, and an insane purple alien named Ayesha. While the Guardians are being chased by some ships with passengers, or controllers, who can't take a joke, they must make sure they aren't separated as bad feelings start to collide.
I had no idea what direction the inevitable sequel to the 2014 hit would take. It left open so many choices for what would happen it was hard to really anticipate this film. Will Starlord ever return to Earth? Will he and Gamora start actually dating? Is the galaxy coming to an end? Who are these strange people who can't take a joke?
One thing I remember of the first Guardians of the Galaxy the most is Rocket Raccoon, played by Bradley Cooper. After he starred in three consecutive movies that I loathe, I couldn't believe how energetic, hilarious and believable he was. And just like last time, like The Lego Batman Movie, this film spends most of its time speeding through as many jokes as possible, only this time I laughed harder. To give you a hint of the humour, the movie opens with an important mission the guardians have to do for these obnoxious mercury aliens, and Baby Groot has turned on Mr. Blue Sky and Drax ends up inside an octopus's stomach before long but keeps up his laughter and hope.
Of course, the movie has some stuff to cry about too (though I didn't exactly tear up at anything). It's harder than you think to make a good comedy without taking a break to sulk in something tough. The movie is basically a small expansion of the two main guardians, and obviously Starlord is the star of the movie and Gamora is the secondary star, and their stories are balanced out in this way more than adequately. I liked Gamora's story the most though, where I was partially reminded of the criminally underrated Alice Through the Looking Glass and its blossoming story about troubled siblings. There are even a few surprises here and there that you won't forget about after a joke has gone by. The movie also has some original ways to choreograph an action scene and solutions to how to survive when your spaceship refuses to function properly.
The movie also has a few moments that feel incomplete and a little bumpy. There's a side character played by the Stallone himself, and not only is he barely in the picture, he's not really important to anything, and I found it a scene that involves throwing people in space a little too macabre and there are jokes thrown in there a few minutes later while the horror still lingers.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is simply hilarious. Maybe not revolutionary but a lot of flavourful fun.