Misfit defenders prove to be strong family in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


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On Friday, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was released in the United States, with raking in $145 million at the domestic box office. The movie comes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, attracting an array of fans.

Gracie Blackwell, Staff Writer

*Contains Spoilers*


When you think of Marvel, you think of superheroes. However, this group is not your ordinary superhero team.


It has been three years since the first Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters and captured the hearts of many Marvel fans. Fans have been waiting for this highly-anticipated follow-up, which comes from the Marvel Comics. Last Friday, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was released, raking in an estimated $145 million at the domestic box office.


From Marvel Studios, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 follows the original gang as they venture through their musings in space. It uncovers more about Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) backstory and in particular, reveals who his father is. His father, Ego (Kurt Russell), saves him and the rest of the gang, after a run-in with Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), leader of the Sovereign race, and her followers after Rocket (Bradley Cooper) steals expensive batteries.


As the plot progresses, it is revealed that Ego is the antagonist of the movie and he does not care at all about his son. Peter finally has the realization that his group is his true family. This moment of the movie was one of the high points.


The original wittiness from the first comes back to life in this movie, but at times the storyline feels a little forced and hard to follow.


The father-son plotline is necessary, but at certain points the character of the father did not seem like he had that much power to take over the universe. It feels a little rushed at those moments and the movie should have dug deeper into the more villainous side of the father, instead of highlighting other unnecessary side stories.


Other than that, the visuals and music are spot-on.


Written and directed by James Gunn, the script of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is nothing short of what made the the first one so special. Its stunning cinematography from Henry Braham and jaw-dropping CGI (computer-generated imagery) made the visuals top-notch; it truly represents how far the scientific and technical aspects of the movie industry have progressed.


With an all-star cast, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Sylvester Stallone, there are no problems with the acting and portrayal of the charming characters.


The class rock music from Quill’s “Awesome Mixtape #2” was pleasing to the ears of many in the audience, consisting of “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, “Come a Little Bit Closer” by Jay & The Americans and “Surrender” by Cheap Trick, among others.


Although the sequel does not leave me wanting more like the first one, it is just as witty and humorous. With that, this is an adventure-filled movie that everyone would enjoy watching with friends and family.


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Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Run time: 2 hours 16 minutes