So first off, the movie was good. I mean obviously it was good, its the freaking "Guardians of the Galaxy, but how good was it?
When I compare it to the first movie, I think I like the first movie better, but not many sequels are able to surpass their predecessor. It's not like the first movie was way better or anything, I just thought it had more kick-ass moments like when they are flying through Knowhere, the head of a giant celestial, and "Moonage Daydream" by david bowie is playing. i mean, its like something straight out of "Heavy Metal."
But of course, "Guardians Vol. 2" definitely has its moments. They played "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac several times through out the movie, and every time it was badass, but ultimately, "Guardians 1" is not the movie you should be comparing to Vol. 2.
The movie that I feel that is best compared to vol. 2 is... wait for it... "The Empire Strikes Back!!!!"
There were parts of this movie that got dark, there was even a scene that just felt like a punch to the gut. I don't want to spoil anything, but there were many parallels that I drew between "Guardians 2 and "Empire." Like how the first part of Empire was all on Hoth and the rest of movie was them being chased by the Empire, and how Luke and R2 got separated from Han, Leia, Chewie, and C3-PO... and how Han Solo is frozen in carbonite.
I did not expect a Marvel movie to get this dark, after all Kevin Fiege, president of Marvel Studios, said the MCU would never take a dark turn. He lied, but this movie was not all gloom and doom (while things go boom! in Dexters Lab!!!!... sorry about that), they had a freaking adorable baby groot for crying out loud!
In fact, most of the movie was fun and ridiculous as you would expect. Baby Groot is dancing around to Mr. Blue Sky by ELO while the rest of the Guardians are in the background fighting that giant squid monster we all have seen in the trailers.
Drax is just hysterical, his interaction with that new mantis character is fantastic. Gomora and Nebula try to work things out like sisters, so naturally they kick the crap out of each other. Rocket is cute but has issues, and Star Lord is Star Lord.
But by far, my favourite character in "Guardians 2" turned out to be Yondu. There is a lot of character development with him, and Michael Rooker is just awesome. I dont really feel like describing the story to you, half of it is kind of weird to explain, and the other half I feel reveals too much, but i will say that there were some Cthulhu references, and Jimmy Urine from Mindless Self Indulgence was one of the ravagers.
Like i said, I don't really want to describe the plot, but all in all, the movie was really about family, whether its learning about Star Lord's heritage, Gomora's and Nebula's strained sisterhood, hearing Drax talk about his family, or realizing who your real family is.
This movie was filled with fun ridiculousness, as it should be, but I gotta say, the ending of the movie really hit me in the feels. As far as sequels go, it was as good as "Empire" in my humble opinion.