by on May 6, 2017

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 review

For a somewhat boring “action” film, this was a fun experience, even during the talky parts! And despite expectations, unlike some films that let you down when you have expectations, movie-goers will actually not be disappointed.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (directed by James Gunn) has returned to theaters with their sequel, Vol 2. The title coincides with the second tape that Peter (Chris Pratt) found/got from his dead mother. That and now our gang is out for hire protecting this, that and the other thing. Yes, the gang is all back, plus a few more, in this character-driven Marvel sequel.

What was fascinating about this version was that even though the middle act was about as slow as any that I’ve ever seen, it was populated with fantastically engaging dialog that made it as entertaining as it could have been boring. Younger kids will/might find the film a bit slow, but adults will fully enjoy the development of various aspects of our family of dysfunctional friends.

The following could be considered light, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 spoilers, with hints at things. Proceed at your own risk.

The film starts out first in 1980 where we watch “Star-Lord’s” father, (Kurt Russel) enjoying time with his mother, and then we jump to the present where the Guardians have been hired to protect a few batteries in a gizmo. But then after the gig, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) could not help himself and steals the very same batteries they were protecting. This of course leads them to getting in trouble with their last client, a prissy character played by Elizabeth Debicki, and her minions, when suddenly our intrepid gang finds themselves rescued by a “one inch tall” mystery man. (When you see the film you’ll get the reference, and no, it’s not who you think.)

Then we get to meet Peter’s father, Ego, who turns out to be a powerfully gifted immortal. Who’d da thunk!? But despite Peter’s daddy issues, that being a man who did not know his father growing up, things seem pretty nice at first. That is, until all hell breaks loose.

You see Peter and the gang have a few problems. They have their client coming after them, they have Yondu (Michael Rooker) coming after them, Yondu has his own problems complicating the entire picture coming after him, and then there’s the big bad guy who the Guardians face off against and it takes the entire team everything they got to defeat the bad guy.

During the entire process, we finally learn why Yondu kept Peter instead of turning him over to Ego, and why he always used to threaten Peter that he’d eat him.

This sequel took the characters we met in the first film and expounded on the relationships between them all, expanding on the interactions within the “family” of friends. We watched the sisters Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) face off and come to terms with what made them tick as sisters in their youth, and “resolve” their issues with each other in present day.

We learned how Yondu’s dangerous little flying arrow works.

We delved into Drax’s (played wonderfully by Dave Bautista) personality, what makes him tick, and we were exposed to the nature of his hearty laugh and the things that makes him laugh. In fact, Drax was mostly responsible in making the second act pretty entertaining when it could have been a rather drab actionless arc in the telling of this latest story.

Baby Groot (“voiced” by Vin Diesel) turned out to be a pretty cute, angry little chirpy hero who, despite his size, is still quite formidable. Well, formidable on an HO scale. And Groot it totally entertaining and instrumental in the opening scuffle that our heroes get engaged in.

We also had appearances by Sylvester Stallone, playing the leader of the scavengers organization that Yondu used to be a part of. Another appearance by, of all people, David Hasselhoff playing… well, you’ll see. There’s even another Marvel Universe appearance by Howard the Duck, voiced by Seth Green.

We met Mantis, (Pom Klementieff), Ego’s assistant, with a secret. In the comics, she becomes an Avenger, so I’m guessing we’ll see her down the road.

Plus we watch Peter address that “tension” between himself and Gamora, because you know, if you lose that tension, TV ratings go down! (That will make sense when you see that conversation.)

Overall, this sequel is more about friends who constitutes family and overall this is a sequel that busts the standard sequel mythos, where the sequel is as good or even better than the first. It’s very worthy. As far as starring characters go, Baby Groot and Drax took the spotlight more often than not, depending on your own appreciation of or sense of humor.

You won’t be disappointed dropping bucks on this film in theaters. I give it a 9 out of 10 popcorn score.

IMDb users have given the film an 8/10 score. Rotten Tomatoes critic scores have settled in at 81%.

Guardians of the Galaxy CREDITS and AFTER CREDITS scenes explained.

As soon as the movie ends the after-movie, mid-credits and post-credits scenes kick in.

But First, when the credits start rolling, every now and then there’s a line that reads “I am Groot.” If you pay attention to those lines, they change/fade into readable lines.

First: Yondu’s loyal man, Kraglin (Sean Gunn), has a new toy as we watch him playing with Yondu’s magic arrow. It’s pretty funny.

Second: Stakar (Stallone) gets the old Ravagers team back together. The squad includes the diamond-studded Martinex (Michael Rosenbaum), Charlie-27 (Ving Rhames), Aleta Ogord (Michelle Yeoh), robot Mainframe (voiced by Miley Cyrus) and the red-skinned Krugarr.

Third: Evil high priestess Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) is trying to make up for her losses, and she has this birthing pod ticking away, and in it, she’ll call him Adam! Yes, Adam Warlock.

Fouth: We see Peter Quill lecturing a sloppy, teen Groot about leaving his root laying around everywhere. Uh ho, out with the cute version!

Fifth: We watch Stan Lee chatting with, of all people, The Watchers. Yes!

Want to hear something crazy? I actually watched the movie in 3D, but the theater I went to is out in CA’s Central Valley. It only cost me a total of $7 to see in 3D! Boo ya!

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Easter Eggs:

Did you catch the 80’s Mattel Football hand-held in the beginning of the film? Gads, I still have one of those!

Yep, Drax hates dancing.

When Ayesha creates Adam, in the comics, Adam was created by her species first, then her, going by the name “her.”

Did you catch the arcade-like effects of gunfire of the Sovereign amada.

When our team crash lands on Berhert, that planet in the comics is home to the Sagittarians, a race that finds itself in conflict with Hulk and the Galaxy Master.

Did you guys catch Tommy Flanagan as Tullk? He is rather distinctive in his roles. I’ve missed him from Sons of Anarchy. Glad to see him getting work.

I already mentioned Howard the Duck, but Stallone’s character is actually Starhawk. Hence, those metallic ribbons sitting on on his shoulders.

Ego says he’s the only Celestial in existence, but is he? In the first GoT we saw reference of another Celestial brandishing the Power Stone.

It was awesome to see Yondu get the proper fin on his head.

During the jumps that Rocket and Yondu were making, did you catch the Kronans in one of those funny moments?

Did you catch the Living Planet look, when Ego makes his planet take the form of his face?

When Peter’s eyes gloss over in his conversation with his father and he mutters, “Eternity,” there’s a guess that it was not eternity in time, but Eternity, a being that exists beyond all time and matter.

Did you catch Sean Gunn’s family members in the cast listing in the credits? James Gunn, Sr. and Leota Gunn were listed as ‘Weird Old Man’ and ‘Weird Old Man’s Mistress.’ LOL

In the credits, we’re seeing images of the character from the film, except for one. Jeff Goldblum shows up as Grandmaster, who we will see in Thor Ragnarok pitting Thor against Hulk in gladiatorial battle, reflecting the Planet Hulk story so many fans were craving.

We got to see Cosmo again in the film.

-That’s all I got gang!

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