Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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“He says, Welcome to the frickin’ Guardians of the Galaxy! Only he didn’t use ‘frickin’.”

My favorite thing about Guardians of the Galaxy is not only the bad-ass superhero stuff, but the comedy that it brings to the table. Not only do I get to enjoy the action, but I also get to laugh uncontrollably at times.

The movie begins in the 1980’s with a man (Kurt Russell, interestingly enough) and a woman driving down the road in a convertible listening to music. They veer off and frolic through the woods where the man shows the woman something in the ground. It looks like it isn’t meant to be from Earth, and the woman talks about how she’s so lucky she fell in love with a space man. Weird, right? Irrelevant, no.

The movie speeds up to present day to show Peter and the rest of the Guardians meeting with an elite race called the Sovereign to retrieve and protect their ‘batteries’. In exchange for their help, they will release a prisoner they have to them. A woman named Nebula, Gamora’s sister. After they leave, the Guardians notice people following them. It turns out Rocket stole some of the batteries from the Sovereign and now they are after them trying to kill them. They manage to get away, but the Sovereign isn’t happy.

They are saved by a singular man on a spaceship, who ends up following the Guardians to the place where their ship crashes. ***MINOR SPOILERS FOR THE REST OF THIS PARAGRAPH IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE*** It turns out that the man who saved the Guardians knows Peter. Peter is confused, as he has never seen or heard of the man before them who’s name is Ego. Ego shocks the entire group when he tells them that he is Peter’s father. Peter is skeptical about the reunion with his long lost father at first, but Gamora tells him to give it a shot, because he’s always wanted to know where he came from. The two and Drax follow Ego and his companion Mantis to  his home to learn more about him while baby Groot, Rocket, and the imprisoned Nebula stay behind to fix the ship.

Meanwhile, the Sovereign have hired Yondu and his band of rebels to track down the Guardians and return them to her so she can kill them. Everything progresses from this point.

This film is jam packed with big stars, as well all know and expected. Everyone carries themselves completely on their own, and does a fantastic job. My favorite thing about any James Gunn film is the addition of his brother Sean. He is such a colorful actor and can always add humor to anything he does. This was no different. Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper all bring life to their respective characters as well. Vin Diesel voicing Groot, who only says “I Am Groot” is even wonderful. The layers that they brought us in this film between Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan as sisters was perfect. They played out their rivarly/sisterhood as real life sisters would. Michael Rooker is a fan favorite, and one of my favorite actors to see in a movie. Kurt Russell as Ego was also the perfect choice for a character, he’s trustworthy and charismatic.

Part of me wants to say I enjoyed Vol. 2 more than Vol. 1, but I cant decide if that’s an accurate statement or not. There were parts of this film I felt like were dragged out a little bit too much, giving it an almost two and a half hour run-time, but most of it was necessary to the story. It will make you life, it will make you cry, and you’ll be satisfied at the ending.

This was one of the movies I was most excited about seeing this year. It lived up to every single one of my expectations, and I couldn’t be more excited to see the Guardians again on their next adventure!

Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Trailer: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


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