Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Rated PG-13
Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Try pairing with:  Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Jen’s Rating:  A

OMG OMG OMG…. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 finally is out in theaters… It’s a MUST see! The first movie was great so I didn’t expect the sequel to be anything but amazing! So here we go, the four of us at the movies eagerly waiting for the movie to come on while we watch about thirty minutes of previews.

So, I didn’t read the synopsis and the trailers didn’t tell much so I thought I was in for another round of hide the stone game. Wow was I way wrong! However it wasn’t a disappointment. The excitement started with the opening scene. Starlord aka Peter Quill played by Chris Pratt is what I assume is the leader of this comical group of misfits becomes quickly angry with Rocket played by Bradley Cooper for theft. The group goes on the run and inadvertently meets Peter Quill’s real father, Ego played by Kurt Russell.

Drax, played by Dave Bautista and Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana join Peter to get to know his father.  This family reunion was no ordinary reunion. Leave it to Rocket, Yondu played by Michael Rooker and Baby Groot played by Vin Diesel to save the day!  I’m not going to tell you anything else that happened because I don’t want to ruin it, go see it!!!!!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was absolutely FANTASTIC! The actors were impeccable as expected. I will watch this over and over again…

Jeremy’s Rating:  A+

When I first saw previews for the second installment in the series, I wasn’t too excited, as I enjoyed the first one so much that I didn’t think it could be topped.  Even when I heard all the hype and rave reviews this film got at release, I still didn’t believe it.  But believe it!  We went to see this with the girls in the theater about a week ago, and boy was it fantastic.  Volume 2 does not slow down, it doesn’t consist of all the important plot points for the series, as many other trilogies do—although much of Star Lord’s (Chris Pratt) past is revealed and much more fleshed out than what was inferred in the first volume.  This installment offers a much more well-rounded feel than the first film, giving you intrigue, action, amazement, and a particularly upsetting but extremely heartfelt scene, and a view into the hearts of some of the seemingly cold and misunderstood characters in the series.

Right off the bat there are huge reveals that I do not want to ruin for anyone who is thinking about seeing this film, especially in the theater, so I will dispense with any kind of synopsis and instead focus on the merits of the film and the acting itself.  The crew everyone came to love from the first film is back, with Star Lord, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, and my personal favorite Drax (Dave Bautista), who is even funnier in this sequel.  Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) also return and have a much larger role in this film, as this is almost just as much about these two previously supporting characters as it is about the core five that make up the Guardians of the Galaxy.  Newcomers to the fold are Ego, played wonderfully by sci-fi classic actor Kurt Russell, and Mantis, an empath, who briefly appeared in the first film and is one of my new favorites, played by Pom Klementieff.

So why does this sequel garner a higher score than the original?  Well, I think it is a much more full experience.  Since the viewer assumedly knows the characters and their motivations, we are already comfortable with how they act and are interested to see how the react in new situations.  This oftentimes leads to sequels feeling bland as they do not present situations that entice and challenge the audience.  This strays as far from that trope as possible and the film benefits from it completely.  There isn’t much more to say than that without revealing too much.  The acting is superb, the writing is impeccable, as an entire package it is a wonderful sci-fi comic book romp that makes you happy, makes you cry, and leaves you wanting more!

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