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Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 – Review #74

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images.jpgGuardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, directed by James Gunn, is the sequel to the smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy from 2014, and stars a cavalcade of actors and actresses. Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed.

I, like so many other people, were blown away and subsequently loved the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Heh, do you remember when we weren’t sure if this was gonna score? Foresight, huh?

Needless to say, I was amazingly hyped for this movie. It just appealed to me on a basic level; it was probably the music. I’ll say right now tried to be objective as I could whilst watching, to little effect. Because hell yeah, this is a good sequel.

The movie is going the Sam Raimi Spider-Man route in the sense that its more personal and introspective than the first movie. It’s expanding on the characters, and most of them get development that I found to be very intriguing and actually pretty interesting. I cared for these characters, and it made me feel emotions that the current MCU hasn’t at all.

The cast is the same as it was last movie, so it’s great. The main Guardians work off of each other very well. Starlord and Gamora get the most depth in this, which gives Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana some actual leeway to act, and it works. Down the line is Yondu and Rocket, whom also both work very well off each other. Bautista’s Drax and Baby Groot get the least development and mostly serve as comic relief, but I’ll be damned if they don’t work.

We got a few new characters too, and for the most part they work. Pom Klementiff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha and Sean Gunn as Kraglin are at the very least memorable and harmless. We’ll probably get more from them in later films.

And then we have motherfucking Jack Burton himself, Kurt Russell as the villain Ego. A memorable villain that’s not Loki? Who sacrificed a goat for this miracle because I wanna thank them. He absolutely ruled in this movie. Thumbs way up for me here.

Of course, the 70’s music is one of this franchise’s most distinct and unique features, and here it does not disappoint. The “songs-I-knew-before-watching” number may have dropped from 4 to 2, but it just works. The fact that most of those songs are in my phone now prove that.

I really am trying to find some flaws here. I suppose some of the jokes don’t hit, and there’s one particular joke that they dragged probably a bit too much, but for the most part it flows fine. The funny scenes are funny, and the sad scenes actually strike. This a a good movie and a damn good sequel.

So yeah, in conclusion, if you liked the first movie, then you will have no problems watching this one. This is this generation’s Star Wars, I tell you. Some kids are gonna grow up with Rocket Raccoon and Groot instead of R2-D2 and C3PO, and that’s completely fine by me.