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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2' Review

The perfect summer movie

May 4, 2017, 12:55 am

In a sea of ultra-serious films based on comic books, melodrama fatigue becomes a serious concern. Thank goodness then for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, another excellent outing for the lesser-known Marvel heroes and one of the most incredibly fun franchises currently hitting theaters.

Once again, we join Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (now in baby form but still voiced by Vin Diesel) as they unwittingly get swept up into the collective role of galactic saviors.

When Quill’s father Ego (an excellent Kurt Russell) finally tracks him down after 30-plus years of searching, the humorous hero learns of his origins and—get this—they are dubious. Turns out his dad’s a god (“With a little ‘g,’” Ego says) with nefarious intentions, and the Guardians must step in to set him straight.

Of course, the two-pronged approach of slapstick antics and absolutely killer soundtrack are the real draw here, but Guardians also manages to drive home some fairly heavy material on the topics of family drama, friendship and, almost surprisingly, love—though never in a way as silly as the overarching plot would lead us to believe. There are, in fact, some downright moving scenes shared between Quill and his sorta-kinda adoptive father Yondu (an exceedingly fun Michael Rooker). And all the while, great tunes from the likes of Looking Glass, Cat Stevens and ELO blare through the speakers through firefights and space battles, gravity-defying Pac-Man references and, gleefully, the fate of one Howard the Duck.

Writer and director James Gunn absolutely nails the tone, and even when things become borderline too-serious, he knows just how to pull it out and make us laugh. Throw in exciting-yet-brief appearances from heavyweights like Michelle Yeoh and Sylvester Stallone, and we’ve got what may be the perfect summer movie; the opening dance sequence alone is worth the price of admission.

9

+So fun, so funny, so cool
- Not as impactful as the first film

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Directed by Gunn
With Pratt, Saldana, Russell and Rooker
Regal, Violet Crown,
PG-13,
136 min.


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