Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dear Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2

I became a fan of the Guardians of the Galaxy as soon as the first  movie ended and Vol 2 just intensifies my love for the cast and the characters they protray.

Let me start with the man himself Peter Quill aka StarLord. Played by the handsomely talented Chris Pratt. Vol 2 picks up right where the first film left off with the Guardians working a protection job and fighting a fish-like creature. Fast forward to Peter meeting the father he has longed for. The issue of having a father for the first time in his life is what drives him and this 2ed movie to answer the question, what actually makes a family? Pratt is so good in the role bringing the right amount of humor and humanity.

Then there is Quill's team.

Rocket the raccoon who is still as unapologetic as he was in the first is just wonderful to watch. I am sure I said before but it's worth repeating that Rocket is so good one forgets he isn't really there. Voiced by Bradley Cooper the banter and relationship between Rocket and Peter is a joy to watch.

Next is Gamora, the smart, fierce, brave beauty in green. Played  by Zoe Saldana she is a being who will always stand by your side, even if you are her own sister trying to kill her (Nebula in blue played by, always Amy Pond,Karen Gillian).

Drax (Dave Bautista) is a strong man with a soft side when it comes to his friends.

With special powers new character Mantis played by Pom Klementieff is just as adorable and willing to help along with each Guardian making her a perfect addition to the gang.

And last but not least is my favorite character of them all, Groot voiced by Vin Diesel. When last we saw this living tree he sacrificed himself to save the Guardians in Vol 2 he may be smaller but just as tough. I admit my love for baby Groot has no boundaries. The way he moves around the (big) screen is true brilliance on the part of the director. As I left the dark theater and into the blinding sun all I wanted was my own little Groot sitting on my shoulder. As they could mean anything "I am Groot"  are my 3 favorite words.

Kurt Russell and Michael Rooker also star.

Once again writer and director James Gunn has made a movie that is both sweet and fun. I laughed throughout the opening credits and each scene was a blast to watch. The make-up and hair teams helped the human actors come alive while the special effects and production design teams created a wonderful on screen world. When we first see the planet Peter's father is from all there is is beauty. 

If you like the first film than
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is not to be missed. If you didn't like the first film but want to see a well made flick about what it means to be part of a family, GoG Vol 2 may not be the greatest movie ever made on the subject but it certainly is in the top ten.

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