“Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2”- Review:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the story of this ragtag team and their new adventure. They are fighting to keep their new found family together, and unravel Quill’s (Chris Pratt) true lineage.

It’s no secret that you’re probably looking forward to this follow up from Marvel. The original was a smash hit. For a property that wasn’t universally known like a Spider-Man or Ironman, it killed at the box office. Making $770M+ worldwide. It was a ballsy move by Marvel, putting out a film with characters that aren’t generally known in comic culture. Director, James Gunn did a great job melding a comedy into a space epic. The story coming out of it was how great the soundtrack was. Will Awesome Mix Vol. 2 be as good as the original?

Guardians 2 is a fun time at the movies. James Gunn directs the action very well. There’s so much going on at one time and he does a good job at making sure you don’t get lost in it.

Gunn got terrific performances from his actors across the board. Pratt leads the cast again, and he does a great job. His take on the Peter Quill character has helped turn him into a megastar in Hollywood. He brings a certain charisma to the role and it really sets the tone for the film.

The supporting cast is stellar too. Saldana as Gamora, the voice work of Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel’s Groot were all great. It’s Drax (Dave Bautista) that steals the show. The dry humor, and delivery makes him the funniest part of the film. Even an appearance of him off in the background may get you to crack up.

Yondu (Michael Rooker) was a standout in the sequel. As the film goes on you grow to love the character. Gunn and the writers did a great job flushing him out. There’s some really badass action scenes with him, and you’ll be on the edge of your seat.

The addition of Kurt Russell as Ego was a welcome one. Marvel has always struggled with their villains, but they did well here. Russell delivered a great performance and brought legitimacy to a role in which he plays a planet. Watching Russell and Pratt play off each other, there’s some chemistry there for sure.

Guardians 2 isn’t perfect. There’s some gold race of people which didn’t need to be there. It was a waste. Some CGI wasn’t that great either. You could tell that it was a computer generated image and not a living breathing thing. The story is a bit predictable as well. There’s just a lot of stuff happening while you learn more about these characters. Also, the soundtrack is pretty good in this one. Not as great as the original, but it definitely has some great songs.  At the end of the day, Guardians 2 is still a blast. I loved watching it despite some flaws.

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