Likewise, so here’s my review.
In the TV show MAS*H, Charles and Hawkeye are doctors that are sometimes at odds with each other due to differences in rank and general outlook on different matters. But in one episde, Charles takes a special interest in Hawkeye’s efforts to deal long-distance with a problem involving his father back in the states. At the end, Hawkeye comments on it and Charles tells a little bit about his own father, wrapping it up with the statement that while he has a father, Hawkeye has a dad.
Fathers play an important role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with emphasis on the differences between biological parents and the ones that raise you. Sometimes those two are the same person(s). Sometimes they’re different, and when they are, you have the family you are born into and the family you join or make yourself.
At the end of the first movie, Peter’s dad is mentioned, but at that point, all we knew is that Yondu didn’t deliver Peter to his dad years ago like Yondu was hired to do because Peter’s dad was “a jackass”. Vol. 2 reunites Peter with his very much alive dad after a contract to defend some resources on a planet take an unwanted turn. As in, the Guardians honk off the wrong person who decides they’re not going to get away with it.
Both Yondu and Gamora have their hands full dealing with their individual relationships/families. For Yondu, it’s his relationship with the Ravagers under his command. For Gamora, it’s her adoptive sister, Nebula.
The movie does a good job in answering most of the questions posed in the first movie as well as setting up a few new questions for the next movie, which there will be, as evidenced by another “The Guardians of the Galaxy will return” statement in the credits, drawn with a laser like was so often used in the 80s.
Also continuing a technique from the first movie, director James Gunn picked the songs very early that he wanted to be used in the film and several of them are directly a part of the plot, instead of just being mood music: “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, “Father and Son” by Cat Stevens and “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass. That last one, “Brandy”, is the focus of several scenes between Peter’s dad and mom, and between Peter and his dad.
I really liked spotting Ben Browder (Farscape, Stargate SG-1) in a supporting role and enjoyed looking at the end credits. They’re worth watching for three reasons. The first is the five different “stings” (mid-credit scenes), the fact that if you pay attention, the wording on some of the credits change in real time, and you get to hear a new song written specifically about the characters with David Hasselhoff singing in it. I’ll also throw in that I liked that the credits were made to look like the backs of album covers, complete with worn and faded edges.
So overall, it’s another Marvel movie that I enjoyed. I caught the last matinee along with quite a few other people, so there was the bonus of hearing the audience reacting to the jokes and singing along with a couple of the songs during the credits.