Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Mixed Movie Review

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket (Voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

    Spoiler Alert – This article contains information about the movie.

The much anticipated sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy opened in theaters May 5.  But like most sequels, audiences were not awed a second time.  This does not mean that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 was a terrible movie.  Quite the contrary – James Gunn did an excellent job telling another story about our favorite group of space misfits mixing elements of comedy with action.

Let’s review:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 starts out with the group working for an gold skinned alien race called the Sovereign.

This appears to be months after the original movie, with the Guardian’s preparing for a battle.  This leads into the opening credits of the movie with baby Groot and the group performing some comedic acts.

After the battle the Guardians retrieve Nebula and depart unknowing that Rocket has stolen from the Sovereign.  A chase and battle ensues and the Guardians escape with a teleportation jump crashing their space ship and stranding them on a planet.

Peter Quill (AKA Starlord) then meets his biological father Ego and his servant Mantis.  Ego played by Kurt Russell, (like his Marvel comic book counterpart) is a living planet.  Peter discovers from his father (Ego) that he has been searching for him.  While Rocket and Baby Groot are left to repair the ship, the rest of the Guardians join Quill to visit his father’s planet.  Meanwhile, the leader of the Sovereign Ayesha contracts Yondu and the Ravagers to kill the Guardians and retrieve their stolen property.  After some awesome “Rocket” fight scenes, Yondu is betrayed by his men.  As a result, Yondu becomes a prisoner along with Rocket and Baby Groot.

Adding to the story plot is Nebula.  Free from the Guardians thanks to the Ravager’s mutiny, she embarks on a vengeance mission against Gamorra.  Nebula finds Gamorra on Ego and after a battle, the two eventually reconcile.  This is when we learn more about reason behind Nebula’s hatred.  Meanwhile, Starlord learns of his heritage and that is his father is a Celestial being determined to reshape the universe.

Yondu, Rocket and Baby Groot eventually free themselves from the Mutinous Ravagers.   The trio self-destructs the spaceship, while slaughtering the crew.   Taserface (the new leader of the Ravagers) informs the Ayesha of their intended destination prior to his own demise.  Yondu, Rocket and Baby Groot join the rest of the Guardians on Ego’s planet and together they battle to save the universe from Quill’s father (also fighting Ayesha and her people).

After a spectacular underground battle, the Guardians triumph in the end defeating both Ego and the Sovereign.  However, Yondu dies saving Star-lord.

The basic theme of the movie is family.  James Gunn did a wonderful job expressing this concept.  From the Guardians as a group to Peter’s revelation that Yondu although not his biological father was still his dad.  This in addition to a lot of fun and comedic moments in the movie, makes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 a hit in our opinion.