Movie Review- “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

The excitement for this movie was always building. Since the previous installment, there were many unanswered questions and theories floating around. Up until this movie, I thought that “Guardians of the Galaxy” was the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. It had humor in all the right places, characters that we could relate to, and a great flowing story. This sequel has now surpassed original in my opinion.

The story starts with with the team preventing a disaster involving a menacing alien, which we later find out was a deal put forth by an arrogant race of aliens who had Nebula (Karen Gillan) held prisoner. Peter Quill’s long-lost father (Kurt Russell), who Peter (Chris Pratt) has been searching for answers as to who/why since the last movie, is able to find Peter and let him know the answers that he has been searching for.

Peter’s father, Ego, has a “pet” named Mantis (Pom Klementieff), an emotional empath who forms a bond (of sorts) with the Guardians. Of all people, Drax (Dave Bautista) forms the closest bond with her, as their scenes together were, for lack of a better word, “cute”.

We see Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) come onto the scene while the other Guardians are fighting off the alien menace. And Baby Groot is dancing to music while this is happening, much to the frustration of his teammates. He is still learning how to learn, but he is great in every scene he is in.

Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) is still up to his shenanigans. It could be said that he is the catalyst that starts off the actual storyline involving the arrogant race of aliens to begin with. We see a side of him that is comparable to Yondu (Michael Rooker), who seems to have his own subplot going on. We learn a good deal about him & his teammate of Ravages.

The action is this sequel is more intense. The character connections are very well-written and well-developed. One of the few things that annoyed me a bit with Vol. 1 was the story’s pacing. But, in Vol. 2, the pacing seemed to be spot on perfect. I was, literally, on the edge of my seat during the whole movie. Even during the “post-credits” scenes.

Yes, this sequel has 5 scenes following the credits, some for humor, others that tie into upcoming Marvel movies. As a fan of the famous Stan Lee cameo appearances, I can honestly say that this is, by far, my favorite cameo appearance. It is actually substantial to a theory that has been floating around the internet.

This movie went above my expectations. Rarely do sequels ever surpass their predecessors, but this one did. The villain in this movie was more memorable than Ronin (Lee Pace) in Vol. 1. This was a very enjoyable movie-going experience. And if you can, I highly recommend seeing it in 3D. It is worth it.

My Rating: A+

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