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Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 sequel to the 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy film. This latest film, like the original, is written by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt (Zero Dark Thirty) and Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, Star Trek – Into Darkness & Avatar). The movie is rated PG-13. Click here for a detailed examination of the film’s rating.

The Guardians of the Galaxy movies are based on the Marvel comics that date back to 1969. While I’m not a big fan of movies based on comic books I enjoyed the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie mainly because of the humanity of the characters and overall humor of the movie. This humanity and humor has continued into the second movie and, in volume two, we learn much more about Chris Pratt’s character, Peter Quill, other members of the team, and related characters.

The second movie begins not long after the first one. Groot is still a twig. As the movie begins we learn that the guardian team is on a mission for a race called the Sovereign. While the mission is successful there is a complication and the Sovereign seek vengeance against the guardian team. That’s not a spoiler, it’s all laid out in the opening minutes of the movie. Speaking of the opening minutes, don’t be late for this movie, the fight that takes place during the job for the Sovereign is mixed with the opening credits and is one of the most original and amusing sequences I’ve ever seen.

The issue with the Sovereign provides the action scenes, while Peter’s father, Ego, played by Kurt Russell, provides the tension within Peter and additional tension for the team as a whole.  

Like the first iteration of Guardians, this movie doesn’t take itself too seriously. Howard the Duck and Cosmo the Spacedog both make cameo appearances and Stan Lee is shown a couple of times sharing stories with the Watchers.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, continues the storyline, great characters and humor started with the first movie. Recommendation: Buy the ticket and see it in the theater.