Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 of Marvel’s Intergalactic Insanity

The music is hyped up, the visuals are beautiful, and everyone’s favorite galaxy-savers are back for more in the sequel to the 2014 hit. Directed once again by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brought back the familiar characters of Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Yondu (Michael Rooker). Together they, along with their new friend Mantis (Pom Klementieff), take on the deceptive and powerful celestial god Ego (Kurt Russell) after he finds them crash-landed on a remote planet, taking Peter, Gamora, and Drax to his home planet, created by himself. It’s up to Rocket, Baby Groot, Nebula, Yondu, and Kraglin (Sean Gunn) to get them out of there and destroy Ego. There just happens to be a tiny problem. Ego happens to be Peter’s biological father.

The cosmic aesthetic viewers were looking for are found throughout the entire film with tons of rainbow visuals and new planets with eye-catching designs. The humor from the first film is suddenly exponential, with twice the swearing, more one-liners, and laugh-out-loud dialogue from every character portrayed. The music of Awesome Mix Vol. 2 brings more poetic themes to the film, matching the story perfectly. The musical score, composed by Tyler Bates,  is an absolutely astounding backdrop to the colors and visuals through the entire film, bringing the much needed emotion to the film.

This particular storyline, which takes on more touching and mature themes rather than its predecessor, calls for some tear-jerker moments. It is a major step up from the first film, and it sets up a nice transition from the three months before. In the first film, the Guardians were just learning what it was to become a team. Now they need to figure out what it means to be a family. Peter serves up plenty of Cheers references when it comes to the “unspoken” relationship between himself and Gamora. Sister-sister tensions boil over between Gamora and Nebula. Peter struggles to deal with meeting his real father when Yondu is the one who really raised him to be the man he is. Peter, Rocket, Drax, and Gamora are all hilariously trying their best to parent Baby Groot, who is honestly trying to do his best to help out.

Speaking of Baby Groot, he stole the show once again. In the beginning, he is providing backup music to his fellow Guardians while they fight a monster and trying to get their attention at the worst possible times. By the end of the movie, Rocket gives him special permission to detonate an atomic bomb, which ends up being successful.

Overall, the movie was a huge joy to watch and just as good as its predecessor. Marvel’s cosmic misfit family will excite viewers and anyone who calls themselves a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in more ways than two. The ending will leave you wanting more, and that’s okay because James Gunn and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige have already confirmed a Vol. 3 is in the works.

As for recommending the movie to someone else? In the words of an adorable tree, we say, “I am Groot!”

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