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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


Directed by: James Gunn
Written by: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoë Saldana, Michael Rooker, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Glenn Close, Kurt Russell, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan
Studio: Marvel Studios
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Comic Book, Science-Fiction
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Sometimes being the black sheep of the family can have its benefits. Where the majority of the pack will go along with the rules set within their world, the outcast will follow his own path. This is how I view James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise. When the original came out three years ago, it caught everyone by surprise. It was a movie that wore both its attitude and heart on its sleeve. The movie also had a razor sharp wit too. Too many Marvel movies try to duplicate what Gunn does both easily and well. “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol.2” succeeds in those aspects and much more. It is one of the better Marvel films to drop in quite some time.

We are instantly thrown into the action as our heroes are battling an ugly, large, and vicious space creature for a bounty. All this is going on while “Mr. Blue Sky” plays in the background. Gunn’s playful style shows early as Baby Groot, who is just adorable, dances as his comrades try to complete their mission. After defeating the creature, and collecting their money, the hot tempered and loud Rocket Raccoon steals something from their employers. A chase ensues through an asteroid field, where they are saved by a mysterious man who calls himself Ego. Ego is a lot of things in this film, but most importantly, he is Peter Quill’s, or Star Lord’s, father.

Ego is one cool cat. He has Quill’s easy going demeanor. Oh yeah, he is also a planet. Yep, you read that right. He is a whole planet whose human form comes together, in some of the film’s most beautiful effects, looking like Kurt Russell. Ego, well, has an ego, but is also extremely intelligent and physically powerful. Through the power of verbal seduction, he creates questions for Quill. Ego acts better as an antagonistic force for his son better than the first villain, Ronan. Even though Yondu raised him, in a very dysfunctional environment, Ego offers his son a piece of the pie. It is a cool take on the father and son dynamic that most films would get wrong or half ass.
Michael Rooker, who has been in many Gunn movies, but is probably better known as Meryl from “Walking Dead,” really is a stand out here. He is the final piece of the father, father, and son conflict, and he definitely carries his weight. It is a performance that mixes vulnerability and the toughness that Rooker is known for perfectly.

What about the aspects of the film? Batista, is still way better than he should be for a former professional wrestler. All of Gunn’s lines naturally flow out of the big brute’s mouth. One of the new characters, Mantis, played by Pom Klementieff, is mostly there to be the butt of Drax’s jokes. Though her character design is a beautiful mix of Computer generated imagery and practical effects. Bradley Cooper once again gives Rocket Raccoon the right amount of manic energy to make him one of the film’s enjoyable performances to watch. It is more than his voice too. Cooper has really given so much life to something that, in reality, isn’t there with the actors when shooting. Much of the money though this thing will generate will be through Baby Groot. Even though he has been reborn, he still only utters the same lines that he did in the first film. Combine that will his innocent nature and emotive eyes and you can see the money coming in from toys and people who will see this multiple times thanks to the little guy. Is it manipulative? Yes. Is it cute as hell though? Double yes.

On top of the emotional journey that Quill goes through, the two sister characters of Gamora and Nebula, also go through their own personal turmoil. Nebula wants her sister dead and Gunn expands on why she is so determined to make that happen. It both feeds into the Marvel universe and provides depth to Nebula. Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillian are great at selling this emotional journey.

It is Chris Pratt through who is the most important part of this movie. Don’t worry, he has still got it. This time though Gunn gives him more to chew on. Emotionally, there is a lot thrown at Quill in this movie. No matter what the scene or the level of agony he must go through, Pratt more than succeeds, he owns this character.

Gunn up the ante with the action, sets, effects, and everything that a proper sequel deserves.. This is a beautiful film to look at but also expands the relationships and themes of its characters. It isn’t perfect, but it never loses its identity. It shows us why we love all these misfits. Yes, “Guardians 2” succeeds in almost every level.

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sLaShEr84 at 02:40 PM May 12

Good movie.

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