I attended a free early screening to facilitate this review. All opinions are entirely my own.
When I heard they were creating a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, I was super excited. The first was such a hit, though, could they live up to it with another one? And how would it fit into the massive Marvel universe and the events unfolding over the next few years with these films? I’m THRILLED to report that everyone involved did a remarkable job with this film, and I can honestly say that I like it even better than the first! You get ALL the Feels with Guardians of the Galaxy 2!
The very talented, original cast returns with favorites like Chris Pratt as Star-Lord/Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as the INCREDIBLE role model Gamora, Dave Bautista as the very blunt Drax, with Bradley Cooper as the voice of the bad-talking Rocket and Vin Diesel as the voice of Baby Groot.
With talent like that on board, it’s hard to go wrong – but even this amazing group exceeded expectations in showing a different side to each of their characters in the movie. Drax making the comment that it’s good to be hideously ugly, because then when someone loves you, you know they really truly love you for what’s inside – the beautiful people don’t know who to trust, is quite surprising for his war-focused character. But that was quite deep!
You’ve also got a bunch of new faces, such as Peter’s father EGO, played by the hunky and incredible Kurt Russel. Peter is thrilled to finally connect with the man he never knew, but everything isn’t quite as it appears.
You know how movies can sometimes do so well at one or two aspects of the movie – like visuals or character development or humor – but kind of flop on the others to make up for it? Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is NOT like that at all! You get more backstory on quite a few of our favorite people, but it doesn’t make the story-line slow down. You get LOTS of humor – seriously, it may be funnier than the first – but also the excitement, the wonder of what’s going to happen or what the mystery is. You grip your seat to see if our hero’s will make it, or who won’t. You also may cry at the friendships being challenged, new ones being made, and learning what REALLY makes a family. Plus, there’s tons of ‘awwww’ moments brought by the adorable Baby Groot!
‘Secrets’ or emotions that have been buried deep may be forced to the surface by Mantis, an empath they meet along their journey who can read people’s emotions with a touch – such as Peter’s feelings for Gamora, or Drax’s downright hysterical laughter at his friends’ embarrassment.
Remember Nebula, played by the beautiful Karen Gillan? It’s Gamora’s part-mechanical step-sister that still has a bone to pick with her ‘always has to win’ sister. But when HER secret desire emerges, things go a different way for these two ladies, and makes you see Nebula in a whole new light.
Yondu – played by the amazing Michael Rooker – is back in the action! I’ve always wondered about him, and glad that we learn more about this ravager’s past, and the REAL reason he didn’t deliver Peter to his father many years before. Of all the characters in the movie, I always pictures him and Rocket the most likely to butt heads – they’re both snarky, push others away, steal, seem super selfish, and are definitely full of themselves. That was one surprise I wasn’t suspecting, when these two make a connection and join up – working together in quite an amusing and emotional way. Some friendships are made stronger because of our differences, others from our similarities – and this is one example of the later!
Since Kurt Russell has been a favorite of mine ever since seeing Overboard when I was younger, I couldn’t wait to see him in a superhero movie. It’s like the best of everything! He didn’t disappoint, bringing plenty of emotion, action and a big helping of laugh-out-loud humor.
If there’s someone you don’t want to piss off, it’s the High Priestess of the Sovereign People – a group that genetically alters and grows each citizen for a specific purpose, and think of themselves as perfect. Needless to say, they’re about as conceited as can be, and easily offended – not good for our sarcastic, often rude bunch!
Oh, and in case you missed him in the first movie – for you Gilmore Girl fans, check it out – KIRK!!! Guess he got yet ANOTHER type of employment, as Yondu’s right-hand man and friend. Kraglin, played by Sean Gunn, is around a lot more in the sequel, and I’m definitely impressed at how well he plays a Ravager.
If you’re like me, you’re eager to see where Peter & Gamora’s relationship goes. We saw their friendship – and potential romantic feelings – start in the original movie. Now you can tell they’re basically best friends – but are there ‘unspoken things’ between them, too?
There’s a scene where Yondu, Rocket and Baby Groot have to escape, and without spoiling anything I just have to say – AMAZING! The 3D in the movie is great the whole way, but this particular scene is even better – can you keep up with Yondu’s awesome arrow? I couldn’t!
Along with the reasons I think you should see it in 3D if at all possible – the space scenes are remarkable! Weaving in and out of blasts, Peter & Rocket fighting over who gets to fly the ship, it’s quite the adventure – and visually amazing!
He adds plenty of laughable moments, plus makes your heart break when he gets bullied or has little tears in those big, pleading eyes. I absolutely LOVE Baby Groot – wish I had one! But don’t let the cuteness overload fool you – he can sure kick (or whip) some butt when you tick him off!