Reel Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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By Josh Simpkins

You know, sometimes, I just absolutely love my job. This is one of those times. Buckle your seatbelts, friends and neighbors, because the Guardians are back, baby! That’s right! I have seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2—starring Chris Pratt (Passengers), Zoe Saldana (Live by Night), Dave Bautista (Enter the Warrior’s Gate), Kurt Russell (The Fate of the Furious), Michael Rooker (The Belko Experiment), and the vocal talents of Vin Diesel (The Fate of the Furious), and Bradley Cooper (War Dogs)—and it is, in every sense of the word, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 begins with a bang, finding the Guardians—Peter “Star-Lord” Quill (Pratt), Gamora (Saldana), Drax (Bautista), Rocket (Cooper), and Groot (Diesel)—facing off with a giant, energy sucking cosmic leech. When Rocket gets caught stealing from those who contracted the Guardians to destroy the beast, the chase is on. Just as it seems the Guardian’s goose is cooked, a celestial being arrives by the name of Ego (Russell), and pulls their fat out of the fryer. Ego claims to be Peter’s long lost father, who has been searching for his son since Yondu (Rooker) failed to deliver Peter to his bio-dad’s care as a boy. As the mysteries of Star-Lord’s true parentage unravels, so do the bonds that hold the Guardians’ little family together. While old foes become new allies, Peter must make a choice: total dominion at his father’s side, or be who he was born to be—a Guardian of the Galaxy.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is everything I expected it to be and so much more. James Gunn does an outstanding job, again, managing the ensemble cast that powers this outstanding sequel. This film thrives not only because of its action and special effects, but because it emphasizes character, performance, and heart. Every character—old and new—gets a little bit of time to shine, yet the emphasis stays on the intricacies of the Guardians’ relationships and the effort it takes to work together as a unit. Gunn’s pacing is pitch perfect, his action sequences out of this world, and his use of well-timed humor throughout the film makes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 a must see for all ages. Truly, it’s more hilarious than it’s predecessor. Go see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. See it two or three times, even. I dare say you won’t be disappointed. Now, grab a couple loved ones—heck take your Dad—and go have some fun at the movies.