Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: I laughed AND cried

As we drove to the screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I turned to my husband and said, “Whoops, I totally meant to rewatch the first one or at least read about it before we went. I don’t remember hardly anything about the first one.”

Turns out, it didn’t really matter. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 stands on it’s own and most of the storyline came back to me as I was watching. The movie has fabulous 3D imagery and keeps the audiences engage through the entire film.

Quick Synopsis: The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers.

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I just adore Chris Pratt and as soon as the opening scene got started, I remembered why. His delivery as Peter Quill is so on point and he can make lines hilarious in a way that not all actors can.

The rest of the Guardian cast is on par with Pratt. In fact, I think I enjoyed the character, Drax, much more in this movie than the first one. He has some fantastic lines, as well. And Vin Diesel steals the entire movie as Baby Groot. Every scene with that tiny tree created a smile that took over my entire face. I mean, how can you make a tree so cute??

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Of course, I can’t leave out Rocket, the rude and crass robot raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. He’s so ill-mannered it’s borderline annoying, but somehow he’s also likeable. The movie dives in a bit into his “issues”, which tells us what we already know – rude or not, he’s one of the good guys.

The gist of the movie is Peter’s family history. We find out that dear old Dad is a god named Ego (played by Kurt Russell) and he invites Peter to learn about his past and family history. Then problems ensue.

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Overall, this movie is much funnier than the first (as much I remember anyway) but also very poignant and emotional. I was a little surprised to find myself crying at the end. (I cry easily so I probably shouldn’t have been surprised.) Vol. 2 makes a great date movie! Plenty of action, lots of laughs and some tender moments – the perfect formula for an outing with you and your significant other.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens Friday, May 5. It’s rated PG-13 and has a run time of 2 hours and 18 minutes. And as always, stay through the credits.

I attended a media preview of this film for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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