Mini-Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Yes, I decided to start posting again – occasionally. I’ve started watching more new films than people are willing to hear me drone on about, so I need an outlet once again. So. here we go!

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Story: Star-Lord and Gamora (seen above) both reconnect with lost family members in ways that will determine the fate of the galaxy.

Review: This is definitely a better movie than Vol. 1. The first 2 acts have the same unbalanced feel and kind of struggle to get the story moving, but the characters feel more complete and multilayered – plus the dialogue writing is much punchier. The comedic style parallels Big Trouble in Little China, which works well considering they share one of their lead actors.The third act really comes together and delivers good story with an emotional punch and some unexpectedly good jokes. The VFX are wonderful, and I especially applaud the youth-making VFX on Kurt Russel because he only looks slightly out of focus instead of appearing like a scary robot monster the way Jeff Bridges’ face did in TRON: Legacy. The major theme of the film is family (although this is by no means a family movie). It begins by showing us a poetic version of Peter’s parents meeting, and then shows us how the whole team is raising baby Groot. Gamora’s long lost sister soon enters the story. The music choices are all great, and there were even some I’d never heard before. But oftentimes the placement was confusing because the lyrics had nothing to do with what was going on in the story – most notably The Chain by Fleetwood Mack. Overall, though, I’d say it’s a fun little movie and it’s worth seeing.

Recommended for: People familiar with 1970s-80s music and pop culture, young males who like oaf-humor.

Content notes: (12+) – Some kinda harsh emotional violence, some gross VFX, lots of swearing.

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