Movie Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2




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     Disney (2 hrs. 28 min.)
     The Guardians try to unravel the mystery of Quill’s parentage while being pursued by a race of golden Post-Millennials called The Sovereign.
     Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Kurt Russell
Bottom Line:

Laurence Washington

Let’s establish the fact that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is not as good as the first film – sequels seldom are. However, it’s still an entertaining follow up – especially the opening credits. Not to give too much away, but baby Groot (voice Vin Diesel) steals the scene.

That being said, when “Guardians Vol. 2” rocks, it rocks! It’s a loud, colorful and action-packed adrenaline thrill ride. There’s a razor sharp tooth blob with snapping tentacles, dogfighting against remote-controlled star-fighters, and a giant brain bent on ruling the galaxy.

Oh, almost forgot, Stan Lee makes another of his signature cameos, which is a payoff to discerning Marvel fans, explaining his 22 appearances in all of the previous Marvel character films.

“Guardians Vol. 2” premise has Star-Lord, aka Peter Quill’s, rag-tag ensemble which includes scheming Rocket Raccoon (voice Bradley Cooper), baby Groot, burly Drax (Dave Bautista) and Quill’s love interest green-skinned Gamora, taking on the usual suspects: Yondo (Michael Rooker) the leader of the Ravagers, bald badass Nebula (Karen Gillan) and the addition of golden beings called the Sovereign.

But there are new recruits as well, telepathic Mantis (Pom Klementieff), former Ravager Kraglin (Sean Gunn) and Quill’s estranged father, Ego (Kurt Russell) who rescues Quill from the Sovereigns. The only hitch is Ego may, or may not be, what he seems.

“Guardians Vol. 2” is more ambitious and serious than its predecessor, despite the barrage of one-liners strategically delivered by Rocket and Drax for comic relief. If the movie has a fatal flaw, is most of the best scenes are shown in the trailer. Not a good marketing idea since “Guardians” has a presold audience. It’s like Star Wars, you don’t have to over sell it. Let the audience be surprised.

In addition, if the next installment runs less than two hours, I don’t think anyone will complain. “Guardians Vol. 2” runs a little long for the material. A suggestion to the filmmakers: In several places where the film stalls, spits and sputters, leave those scenes on the cutting room floor, and add them on the DVD and call it the Special Edition or Director’s Cut. Just a thought.

As with all Marvel films, remain in your seat until the house lights come on, or you’ll miss the not one, not two, but five (count them) after credit scenes. And for gash sake, see it in 2-D and save some money, 3-D is just a revenue maker for the studio and you’ll look ridiculous in those goofy glasses.

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