Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – Movie Review

A movie with a talking raccoon with an attitude and a tree as his sidekick never really caught my interest. It seemed a little too fantastical and a bit pointless, but I am around teenagers a lot and when one of them had the Guardians of the Galaxy on DVD and we found out volume 2 was coming out in a week, I decided to give it a try.

The first movie was hilarious and I couldn’t wait to see the second one.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is a continuation of the first. It’s main focus is on Star Lord Quill (Chris Pratt) and his daddy issues. We learn more about Quill and his mother and the movie has a main theme about what truly makes up family.

The animation is just beautiful and the make up is outstanding. I recently learned that the CG on Kurt Russell (Ego) to make him look young was minimal and most of it was really good makeup and really good acting.

The movie is funny and silly. There are moments of tenderness that almost did bring tears to my eyes, but overall it is a fun movie. I did find this movie to be more sexualized than the first one. There is a rather long scene that takes place in an alien brothel that I found a bit lengthy. There is also a scene where the conversation is about Ego’s penis. And another scene where Drax talks about his parent’s sex life. It is all a bit cringy. The acting did get a little silly and watered down, but I don’t think that’s the main purpose to this movie. It is a fun movie. One that cracked me up quiet a bit sometimes because of the outright silliness of it and sometimes because of true and witty scenes.

It would be a disservice to not mention the cuteness of Baby Groot and his simple-mindedness. He is so stinking cute! My daughter also really likes this character. I don’t know how Vin Diesel was able to make some of the sounds Groot made, but kudos for that.

The movie does leave on a cliffhanger and I look forward to Volume 3.

I recommend this movie to the Marvel fan and to those who loved part one. I also recommend it if you want to see a fun movie, with lots of action and great animation.

There is also a very important theme in this movie on fatherhood. As a foster parent some of the scenes towards the end were very moving. Do not miss the opportunity to talk to your children about what parenthood means.

 

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