"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy



Guardians of the Galaxy

The Guardians of the Galaxy are back and the sequel is just as fun and adventurous as the first. It’s very different from it’s predecessor, but everyone gives their A game, especially its writer/director James Gunn. This ragtag bunch of fighters are led by Peter Quill, played by the brilliant Chris Pratt, who is cheery as he is roguish who calls himself Star-Lord. 

It can be tough these days to be a hitmaker, but Gunn does an amazing job keeping things fun and action-packed, starting with an opener with big bangs and slapstick humor. The movie starts with Quill and the team fighting an ugly blobby opponent with fat, snapping tentacles and rows of nasty teeth. The Guardians each take turns smacking the blob around, jumping and thrashing about a digital environment that's really cool and intergalactic. 

These introductions are usually chaotic, especially for most blockbusters. It's a way to reintroduce characters, their skills and traits and Quill’s team make for some amusing company. Gunn doesn’t hold back when it comes to developing the romance between Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Peter that started in the first film. Hopefully, we will get to see more of this in the next installment.

We get to see more of the Guardians’ personal stories and the theme that is common throughout the film is family, it’s like they are taking a page out of the Fast and Furious series. This is seen mainly the test, and at sometimes violent interactions between Gamora and her sister Nebula (Karen Gillan) who wants payback for their rotten childhood.

For the most part, the film spends time filling in Quill's’ origin. I personally loved this storyline and Mr. Gunn definitely delivers on filling that mysterious story, especially with the casting of Kurt Russell as Peter’s father, Ego. 

Russell brings a relaxed feel to the majority of the film, which helps Pratt in his daddy dearest scenes. The father-son stuff plays well for the film and Quill’s character development, especially when Gunn’s plot twist pulls the rug right out from under us. 

Like the first movie, it’s filled with awesome action-driven sequences. One of them, Gunn lets the music play over the scene as the good guy's defeat foe after foe, It's moments like this that Gunn does a great job in bringing back the feeling that made the first film work. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 definitely has a lot going for it and doesn’t disappoint visually and narratively. Among that is the animated -diorama-like that Ego uses to narrate his life.

The Guardians of the Galaxy will return in next year’s Avengers Infinity Wars.

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