MPAA Rating: PG-13
for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content
Runtime: 136 minutes
Directed by: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana,
Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel...
Marvel Comics have become huge over the decades as have the movie versions as well. I rarely ever read a Marvel comic, but have been to many of those made into films.The 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy was funny in parts, jammed with major stars and a great production. However, I left the theater with little after-thought.
Had it not been for my grandson wanting to see the new Vol 2, I probably would have passed. That would have been a big mistake. Sometimes during this genre of stories the audience will begin shouting out comments right after the film starts. No so in this screening because the story was immediately intense and on its way to excitement.
The very busy and proficient actor Chris Pratt again carries out his journey as Peter Quill and star lord. Returning are Zoe Saldana as Gamora the fierce warrior and unforgiving of her sister, Dave Bautista as Dax the Destroyer, the machine gun- bombardment by Rocket Raccoon, and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) who steals much of this film.
Baby Groot (Vin Diesel)
The heart of the story is about Ego (Kurt Russell) who runs his own planet and is anxious to reunite with his son Peter, who does not even know who his father is. He was raised by the somewhat unpleasant Yondu (Michael Rooker). This segment happens a little later in the movie because important things must come first.
The Guardians are trying to save the Galaxy from the Sovereign. Vol 2 has all the fast, can’t miss a scene action of space travel, special weapons and a parade full of good and bad characters. This time it seems rather than all about explosions, at heart it’s about family; Peter with his father, Gamora’s relationship with her sister Nebula (Karen Gilllan) who wants to kill Gamora, and more bonding.
Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell
The animal creatures are like watching the East Side Kids aka. The Bowery Boys (anyone under 40 may have to look them up!) Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Groot, keep pretty busy among those trying to harm and those trying to survive. What really is a surprise in this non-stop roller coaster are the on-going laughs all through the film and the music and sound track that had many foot-stepping and squirming in their seats to the tunes.
Overall I was very thrilled by this movie. I laughed almost all the way through at things like jokes about David Hasselhoff. The production, action, cinematography and precision of how everything came together was an incredible feet for director and writer James Gunn who had his hand full pulling off a film so entertaining, almost everyone stayed through the credits as advised for a special surprise.