Guardians of the galaxy are back, better in Vol. 2

9 +So fun, so amusing, so cool – Not as impactful as the first film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Directed by Gunn With Pratt, Saldana, Russell and Rooker Regal, Violet Crown, PG-13, 136 min. It is a good movie, really fun and really amusing.

Sometimes with these big genre film releases, you need a second opinion.

2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” got the band together, and now “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is ready to send them out on tour. Monster vanquished, the guardians leave the planet and the batteries they were protecting to head to their next mission.

The mystery man is Ego (a silver-haired Kurt Russell), a powerful demigod who also happens to be Star-Lord’s long-lost father. Instead, the Guardians-Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax (Dave Bautista) and Groot (who’s growing again from a little sapling, but is nevertheless voiced by Vin Diesel)-find conflict brewing not within the group but within themselves. In the books, Star Lord and his crew actually lifted their name from Charlie-27 et.al.

“I’m thinking about the relationship I had with the man who raised me (Yondu, played by Michael Rooker), and it’s in that moment I realize that I’ve now entered the chapter in my life where I’m going to be the man who’s raising somebody”, he notes. The majority are just light and breezy inside jokes, but two of them hint at the future of both the rag-tag Guardians and the more traditionally heroic Avengers.

Since Pratt was filming not only Guardians of the Galaxy, but also the sequel to Jurassic World, he had no break in between to let his svelte figure slip. I am seeing a lot more things come in, but you know my time is limited. Baby Groot is adorable and is the tiny hero that the Guardians never realized they needed.

This film is all about misfits, did you ever feel like one in Hollywood while you were working your way up? The story, writing, banter, everything really improves and returns to that high benchmark. Good thing Gunn has a fine instinct for when enough is about to become too much, pivoting from the dramatics with dazzling derring-do or exactly the right gag. The songs are great, and really lend a sense of fun to even the more boring scenes. The film begins well enough with action and unbelievable CG work, but soon after it begins to labor into a series of weak one-liners and poor attempts at humor. It’s just as amusing as the original, and at moments smells the same rare air, as a truly refreshing and exciting standout in its genre.

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