Guardians of the Galaxy was one of my favorite Marvel movies. In fact, I would even place it among my favorites. Its unique blend of roller coaster action, off the wall humor, stunning visuals and catchy beats was irresistible. This is remarkable because I remember seeing the trailer and thinking that Disney was scraping the bottom of the Marvel barrel. However, I really enjoyed Volume 1 despite my initial impression.
The Guardians, headlined by Chris Pratt (as Star Lord), have excellent chemistry as they reprise their roles. The supporting cast is good as well, with Michael Rooker ( Yondu) leading the way. The action scenes are delightful and the eye popping visual scenery explodes across the screen. Like the first movie, the soundtrack contains the best of the 60's and 70's. This is one movie you really should see in theater to soak in the sights and sounds.
My only quibble with the film is that while the overall plot is quite good, some of the secondary plots seem a bit forced and designed to set up the next Marvel movies. The tone is slightly darker than the first one with the ending being a bit more melancholy due to the death of a character. However, the overall plot is good and explores families and how they interact. The characters all have touching and thoughtful moments to go with the action. There are still plenty of laughs and the movies tone is still brighter than many similar action packed movies.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 does a great job and lives up to the hype created for it by the first move. It is almost as good as its predecessor and moves the franchise along nicely. It is interesting how this almost forgotten rag tag band of characters has become one of Marvel's best properties.