The opening scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is amazing. Baby Groot is running around being cute, we have some sly banter between Gamora and Star-Lord, some funny back-and-forth between Drax and Rocket, and then they are fighting a giant space squid that came from somewhere in the sky. It’s amazing to see this team, The Guardians of the Galaxy, back on my cinema screen; loving seeing this crew work together again. Shortly after this opening scene, however, the team is split, and this is where Guardians Vol. 2 hits its problems.
After stealing a bunch of really rare batteries from The Sovereigns, a race that doesn’t take too kindly to you stealing their stuff, the Guardians are nearly wiped out but saved thanks to the last minute save from Peter Quill’s daddy, Ego, played by Kurt Russell. The ever charming Russell is great in his first few scenes and his character starts off interesting. Who is this guy? He invites Peter to come visit his planet and says he’ll explain everything and although he is reluctant at first, Peter agrees and gets into Ego’s ship along with Gamora, Drax and Ego’s assistant, Mantis. Leaving behind on the planet they have recently crashed on (still better than dying, thanks, Ego!) Groot, Rocket, and Gamora’s sister, Nebula, who the Guardians had recently captured and were on way to turn in for the bounty.
From here Guardians becomes something of a split narrative, whereas the first film spent the time to bring the crew together and then they learned to work together, here they are split apart and one side of the film quickly becomes more interesting than another. When ‘Team A’ of the Guardians arrive on Ego’s planet, it quickly gets really boring there. It’s a big CGI planet that’s boring to look at uninspired, and Ego, when his intentions are finally revealed, his story and the story happening here with Peter, it’s uninteresting.