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.

"The Guardians struggle to keep together as a team while dealing with their personal family issues, notably Star-Lord's encounter with his father the ambitious celestial being Ego."

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) was the big surprise hit flick for me in 2014. So naturally, the sequel I was totally amped for, especially won over by its marketing campaign. Despite not enjoying it as much to the full as I did with the first volume, Vol. 2 is still a damn good sequel, offering plenty of laughs, action, extravagant visual eye-candy, and sci-fi storytelling to expand upon the cosmic side of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe).
The comedy is gold once again in Vol. 2, with more humor unexpectedly erupting from Yondu (portrayed by Michael Rooker) and Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper). I really enjoyed the family dynamics this go-around, the inclusion of Mantis (portrayed by Pom Klementieff) as a prominent member of the Guardian's by the films end, amazing jaw-dropping special effects and fantastic action sequences (particularly in the third act), and Hell, I'm probably one of the few that enjoyed Kurt Russell as the main villain, Ego, Star-Lord's cosmic god-like father. I really think James Gunn outdid himself in the writing department because the dialogue is sharp and witty here. And as a final positive, the music- the brilliant array of 1980's songs that play this time is just pitch perfect.
If I'm being honest, I only had a couple of gripes with the film overall. I felt Drax (portrayed by Dave Bautista) was exceptionally dumbed down for comedic relief, but oddly enough he wasn't as funny as he was in the first film nor as funny as his character would be in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). I also disliked the whole sidestory with the Ravagers and the side-villain, Taserface (portrayed by Chris Sullivan). Taserface- hilarious when Rocket makes fun of him, everything else on this character sucks. And the inclusion of the Sovereign alien race- boring and wasn't necessary except for aimless drama.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 doesn't pack quite the punch as its predecessor but there's still lots to love in this second installment.

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