Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

As his fellow guardians fight off a huge, multi-tentacled monster, baby tree-like Groot basks in a dancing close up while the out of focus battle rages just inches away. James Gunn makes his attitude clear from the main titles of his second and more satisfying foray into the Marvelverse: he's here for the hell of it and one galactic battle more or less won't make a difference. The wisecracking dirty half-dozen of space adventurers will get their chance to save the galaxy anyway while evading a horde of golden aliens they have stolen batteries from. Nicely growing something similar to a soul even within their annoyingly invulnerable characters, the main cast allows viewers to share the joke while an army of digital artists runs amok with the expected panoply of super-colorful apocalypses. Cashing once again on 1980's nostalgia, GOTG Vol. 2 calls back in action vintage action stars such as Stallone, David Hasselhoff and Kurt Russell - who also gets rejuvenated as a bonus in an early flashback, but the film's emotional highlights - a star funeral and a mourning scene to the tune of Cat Stevens' "Father and son" - reveal Gunn as a masterful, unassuming storyteller. Followed by Vol. 3.

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