Justin reviews ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’


Justin Kozlowski, EMC Film Critic

Justin’s Score: 9/10

“Absolutely Fantastic”

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81% based on 284 reviews

Metacritic Score: 67 based on 47 critics


~Note: Don’t worry, this is spoiler-free~


Let me start off first by saying that I am a huge DC fan. I have always been on the DC side except for the case in movies. The DC Cinematic Universe has been trying to catch up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and so far, it hasn’t even came close. With that out of the way, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was an absolute blast from beginning to end.

I went and saw this movie on the thirteenth of this month, over a week since its official release date, which was May 5th. I knew this was one of the biggest releases at the moment, but I didn’t know the huge BTX theater at Bow Tie Cinemas would be about three quarters full. Especially since it was the second weekend this movie was out. All of the people seemed to enjoy this movie just as much as I did too.

First off, I can admit that this movie never really had a dull moment or a scene that really dragged on. The movie was a funny and fast-paced thrill ride. All the main characters had at least one memorable line. Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) was the standout in my opinion since he had numerous hilarious and notable lines. Basically, this movie was Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and friends finding Star-Lord’s family. I wouldn’t have originally revealed this in this spoiler-free review, but this character was revealed in one of the trailers for this movie. Ego (Kurt Russell) is Star-Lord’s birth father and throughout this movie, one of the main subplots was the relationship between the two characters. This relationship never drags on for too long, because these scenes are intertwined with other scenes including Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Baby Groot (Vin Diesel), and Yondu (Michael Rooker). Right from the trailer, I thought that Baby Groot would be an annoying cliché of the typical “adorable sidekick” character. After seeing this movie, I am actually proud to say that Baby Groot was a great new addition to the team. This character didn’t take over the movie in anyway and all the scenes that were with the character were all very entertaining. I don’t know exactly why this character seemed so annoying to me right from the beginning, but I’m guessing it had something to do with those irritating Minions. Another new character that was introduced in this movie was Yondu. Also from the trailers, he didn’t seem to be particularly interesting and looked like another one of Marvel’s “throwaway” characters. An example of a “throwaway” character was Zemo from Captain America: Civil War. Zemo wasn’t even the focus of the movie and the superheroes would’ve likely battled each other anyways. In the end, Yondu was a very intriguing and interesting character that was definitely one of the most important characters in the movie. His voice made his character that much more distinct in a film that contains an already vast amount of characters.

This movie was hilarious and the only real cons I had with this movie were how confusing it can get at times. Like I previously stated in this review, this movie contains a large array of characters, and having this many characters can make the movie seem confusing at times. The Sovereign (the golden “perfectionist aliens”) and Sylvester Stallone’s Starhawk are characters that I got confused with. In the end, I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in superhero movies, action movies, and popcorn movies. This movie is funny, fast-paced, and most importantly… entertaining.



  • All the characters had memorable lines and moments
  • Yondu was a surprisingly interesting character for the Marvel Universe
  • Never had a dull moment, or a scene that dragged on for too long
  • Arguably the funniest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. (Sorry Ant-Man and Iron Man)
  • Pure entertainment from beginning to end



  • Sylvester Stallone and The Sovereign’s characters were confusing