Written by: Norman R.Colson (Order_66)
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What can I say that any other critic hasn’t said about this movie. I could give you all the praising adjectives that imdb would post on their main site page. Let’s start out where this movie’s strongest production is, would be the amazing visuals Courtesy of James Gunn, shot on visually mesmerizing 8K Red cameras the colors are so vibrant and really gives the movie an dazzling array of colors and beautiful chaos.
The music not as memorable as Volume 1’s soundtrack had it’s fun moments such as the jailbreak of yondu and rocket aboard the ravager’s ship. Rocket’s ambush of the pirates in the forest and Gamora and Quill dancing to Sam Cooke. Which is a bit of a throwback to the first movie and Peter and Gamora’s changing relationship.
Let’s talk about my personal fan favorite Drax the Destroyer, Dave Bautista has really shined in this movie series as a amazing standout. A former WWE wrestler no one gave him a chance but his evolution as the comedic sidekick and lynchpin of the guardians team. No one expected him to bring the laughs, and bring it he does his interactions with the team and comedic timing is on par with many veteran actors. I had a raucous time in the theaters laughing in the situations the cast was placed in.
The story was very emotional with the reunion of Peter and his birth father played by a cool Kurt Russell which tied up his lineage heavily mentioned towards the end of the first movie. The story which I won’t spoil threw a very twisted & horrific swerve for the audience. With the entire story of Peter’s birth father and his motives in trying to find him. It was very heartbreaking during the third act of the film as Peter’s life and idea of who his father was and is, is essentially shattered. It climaxes in an amazing, escalating and hilarious set piece on a planet that is tied to Peter & his father.
The characters such as Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon and Yondu has plenty of character building arcs in this movie, and the sibling rivalry between Gamora and her sister Nebula is put to rest as the two explore peace between each other as they confront their violent past and upbringing at the hands of their adopted tyrant father Thanos the Mad Titan. Please stay tuned towards the end where we’re treated to mid credit scenes and cameos from Stan Lee and an obvious red herring to Vol.3 with the birth of Adam Warlock.
A great all around sequel please go and see it while it’s still in theaters…
Rated 4.5 stars out of 5.