Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

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Posted May 5, 2017 by Wendy Wright in Entertainment
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Poster

How do you make a sequel to the epic space movie Guardians of the Galaxy? You pump up the volume. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 could have had a tough time following in the spectacular footsteps of the first movie, but the sequel proves the characters and story line can continue and hopefully demand even more movies from the Guardians.

The Sovereign hires the Guardians and send them on a mission to destory an alien in order to save their planet and their people. Ayesha is the high priestess who hires them, ultimately leading them on another epic space adventure to discover Peter Quill’s father.

Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Chris Pratt returns as Star-Lord and continues to be a superhero whose past haunts him. His mother’s death at a young age followed immediately by being kidnapped into space still affects every decision he makes in his quest to find the answers. While Star-Lord’s father is not known previously, now we learn who his father is and the signifigance of what that means for Star-Lord. Pratt delivers another amazing performance as Star-Lord, proving he has the stamina and ability to continue to be a superhero to both children and adults.

Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Star-Lord and Gamora have an unspoken thing between them that continues to draw them together yet still keep them apart. Drax reminds Star-Lord that Gamora is not a dancer so they could never have a relationship but can they?

Nebula played by Karen Gillan in front of the tape deck

Gamora’s relationship with her sister, Nebula, is tested again as Gamora and Nebula fight to end each other. Fueled by hate and the desire to be better than the other, the sisterly bond is damaged beyond repair when they are found alone and it is a fight to the death.

Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) laughing

Drax provides much needed laughter and even breaks out laughing several times. Seeing this massively powerful man normally poised to deliver death in one blow laugh with all of his body spreads the laughter through the audience. His character’s inability to get metaphors and his way of speaking to others makes you wanting more from him. Just when you thought he couldn’t say anything worse, he does. The result is hilarious.

Yondu played by Michael Rooker in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Michael Rooker brings back Yondu’s fierceness, smile, and vulnerability that make him a central character to the story. We witness what happens to his fin that ultimately transforms his blue character into one with a large red fin on top of his head. His arrow and the whistling still continue to be an amazing talent he has.

“So, we’re saving the galaxy again?”—Rocket

Rocket and Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Rocket and Baby Groot are an amazing team who defy the odds and use their skills to their advantage to fight the enemy. Rocket continues to be a force to wreckon with but it is Baby Groot who literally steals the movie. They both have such an appeal to children and adults.

Since we already know the characters from the first movie, the sequel expands on our knowledge and provides many unandswered questions about the past of the characters. This knowledge helps us get to know them more and makes them feel more like old friends on a new journey.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Star-Lord's Father

Star-Lord finally learns who is real father is. Ego, played by Kurt Russell, is Peter Quill’s father and the special effects are outstanding as we see a glimpse back into how Ego met Peter’s mother. Is Star-Lord’s father everything he wanted him to be? We get to witness the incredible moment when Star-Lord meets his father and begins to discover who his real father is.

The Milano being attacked in space

The special effects and artistic elements will leave you with a desire to put on a Ravagers jacket and join the ranks to fly into space.

Ayesha played by Elizabeth Debicki from Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Although the music in the first movie was amazing, the few tunes in the second movie are familiar but definitely lacks that indescribable appeal the first movie had. We purchased the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack but doubt we will be purchsing it for Vol. 2.

Drax played by Dave Bautista jumping into an alien

There are four bonus scenes to sit through so be sure to stay until the very end of the movie. Four. That is the first time we can remember four scenes, making it well worth it to stay through all of the end credits.

The Guardians of the Galaxy will return. As this epic space adventure continues to grow, we cannot wait to see what the future brings to the characters and how they play a part in the Infinity War.

Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Baby Groot driving the Milano

Parental Advisory: Spoiler Alert

The parental advisory is provided to help you decide if you want to take your child to see the movie. If you are interested in seeing what our Tween Geek says, then watch his video review of the movie.

While the story takes a dramatic turn and ultimately ends the life of one of the Guardians of the Galaxy, it leaves an important message behind. Would you give your life to save someone you love? This event leaves much of the audience in shock and in tears as a beloved member suddently dies. The funeral scene is touching and amazing beautiful and joyful at the same time.

You do not have to see the first movie in order to enjoy this one.

As with the first Guardians of the Galaxy, there is quite a bit of language and this time they bring a huge variety. If you have younger children who may not have heard some of the words before they will certainly catch them in this movie.

While there is no sexual activity during the movie there is mention of “tender nipples” twice. The word penis is used and there are other terms to describe if someone has a “big package” and other sexual inuendos. The mentions are few, but there is great attention placed on them in one scene.

Violence is expected in a Marvel movie and this one is on par with all of the other Marvel movies.

Drax played by Dave Bautista jumping into an alien

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Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery 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.

  • Release Date: May 5, 2017
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 136 minutes
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell
  • Director: James Gunn
  • Producer: Kevin Feige
  • Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda, Stan Lee
  • Writer: James Gunn
  • Studio: Marvel Studios

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About the Author

Wendy Wright

Head Geek at Plugged In Family often found at Comicon, Disneyland, or online increasing her gamer score on Xbox. As a member of the 501st Legion, Wendy spreads her love of Star Wars across the Galaxy in her Jawa costume volunteering for charities with her husband and two sons.

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