Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Movie Review

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Grab a bunch of misfits and send them out on an intergalactic journey-again. Throw in some kaleidoscopic visuals and crackling dialogue and you’ll be up for two hours of continuous fun in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2!

Again!

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the story follows the team as they fight to keep their newfound family together while traversing the outer reaches of the cosmos to unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

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James Gunn, writer and director, gathers up the team once more for the sequel to the highly successful Guardians of the Galaxy. Stakes are even higher this time around with a larger cast and a larger foe. The movie answers the biggest question from the first movie- who is Star-Lord’s father? It’s Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russell). Gunn revealed it himself during a comic con months before the movie’s release.

It’s crazy!

If having a talking, living planet as a father of a character seems crazy for you, you are up for one hell of a ride. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is playful right from the very start. It takes the full liberty to go all-out with its action sequences, crazy banters, and even slapstick jokes! There is no doubt that Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) will be a fan-favorite but Drax (Dave Bautista) and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) have also stepped up their game with their sarcasm and wit.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Rocket (Voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel) ©Marvel Studios 2017

Mantis (Pom Klementieff) is the newest member of the team. Her naïvety worked well with Drax’s honesty resulting to hilarious scenes. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) lost some of his charms from the first movie. The downgrade is an understandable change due to his parental issues. Gamora (Zoe Saldana), however, had a huge upgrade in terms of character development. The sibling rivalry between her and Nebula (Karen Gillian) found a resolution in this film. Character development is the strongest asset of this film which made it a good sequel.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) ©Marvel Studios 2017

Yondu (Michael Rooker) is, by far, the biggest surprise in this installment. He was easy to hate on the first movie but he is as real as he can be in the sequel.  The movie gave the audience more background in his life as a Ravager. This also introduced us to a larger and a possible spin-off featuring them under the leadership of Stakar (Sylvester Stallone).

Easter egg hunt!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 could easily pass as one of Marvel Studios’ most entertaining films yet. It can comfortably sit alongside its predecessor in that category. While it did not show any direct connection to the Thanos plot in the lead-up to Infinity War, Guardians still left some easter eggs that could play larger roles in the future of this cinematic universe.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel) ©Marvel Studios 2017

The film is a complete experience of emotions- tons of laughter and loads of drama. It developed some things that it needed to focus on from the first movie. This bunch of misfits turned family is set to get everyone rooting for them with their diverse characteristics and personalities. Whether you are going for the cuteness of Baby Groot or the charm of Star-Lord, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 will leave you wanting for more and feeling like one viewing is not enough!

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