Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

No one makes superhero movies like Marvel Studios. They’ve earned their big-screen domination with quality films, and Guardians of the Galaxy is at the top of the list. Released in 2014 after three Iron Mans, two Thors, two Captain Americas, and an Avengers team-up, Guardians was the breath of fresh air Marvel needed. The movie eschewed the seriousness of the genre and delivered an experience that was fresh and fun.

Now, the long-awaited sequel has arrived. Kicking off the summer movie season, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is back with all the elements of the first outing: an irreverent tone, a killer soundtrack, and of course our friends Peter, Rocket, Gamora, Drax, and Groot ready to save the galaxy again. But does the sequel hold a candle to the original? Our podcast duo is split down the middle.

Join Jon and Tim as they discuss the origin of the blockbuster, how Wild Wild West gave summer a bad name, Tim’s disdain for comic book movies, the law of diminishing returns, our need for a hero, why Rocky IVĀ is the best movie ever made, violence in Marvel films, and whether Guardians Vol. 2 is a sequel worth watching.

  • DocRLS

    Such a good podcast. So many worthy issues discussed. I (for once — grin) agree a lot more with Tim than with Jonathan.

    Jon, you were a grump about this movie. Lighten up. It’s a comic fantasy. I think your total infatuation with the initial film has warped you. Haha. But yeah, the Ego storyline got a little strained.

    And, BTW, Stallone may have deserved an Oscar for “Creed” but he did not get one. That award went (in a pretty big surprise) to Mark Rylance for “Bridge of Spies”. And IMHO richly deserved too.

    Thanks to you both.

    • Thanks for listening! You’re probably right that my love for the first film got in the way, but I still contend that all sequels have to assume this going in and must find a way to subvert or exceed expectations. Godfather 2, Toy Story 2, Spiderman 2, Aliens, The Dark Knight – all of those sequels took what worked in the first film and expanded it in new and exciting directions. Guardians 2 felt more like a regression, similar to The Matrix: Reloaded. On the surface, it should have worked. Everything from the first one was present and accounted for, but the flow was off and I left half-empty.

      Good call on my Stallone goof! He won the Golden Globe, but missed out on the Oscar. Mark Rylance was great in Bridge of Spies, but that should have been Sly’s year.

  • Tim Nelson

    I love it when people agree with me. The film’s plot devices sometimes feel like Gunn is performing surgery with a blunt axe Instead of a scalpel. But this in is line with the genre – bigger, louder, faster, blow-upier.