“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters and makes the first one look like “Sesame Street.”
In the first scenes, the Guardians (Christ Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Dave Bautista) battle an evil monster to protect special batteries on a planet where everyone has gold skin. Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) thanks the guardians by handing over Nebula (Karen Gillan), Gamora’s evil sister. Ayesha wonders what Star-Lord’s kind is like. Star-Lord doesn’t know the whereabouts of his father, but knows that his mom died of brain cancer on Earth.
Just as they think the job is done, the Guardians are under a barrage of attacks from the gold people. Turns out, Rocket, the sly and tricky raccoon, swiped some of their precious batteries. During battle, Star-Lord and Rocket argue like two little kids until they crash on an unknown planet, damaging their ship. To make things worse Ego (Kurt Russell), Star-Lord’s father, appears from behind some trees to greet them. Since Ego mysteriously vanished when Star-Lord’s mom was diagnosed with cancer, he’s not so keen on having father-son time.
Gamora convinces Star-Lord to reconsider and follows up with a threat to kill Ego if he acts out of line. Rocket and Baby Groot stay to repair the ship and keep an eye on Nebula while half the team rides to Ego’s planet. Things get shaky after Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his band of mercenaries invade the planet and ambush Rocket and Baby Groot.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” leaves Vol. 1 in the dust. Period. There’s more comedy than before. In one scene, Rocket jokes about how stupid Taserface’s (Chris Sullican) name is. There are funny scenes with Drax and Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Ego’s pet, especially when he tells her how ugly she is and other random slapstick humor. I haven’t laughed so hard at a Marvel movie since “Deadpool.” And “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is PG-13!
Vol. 2 mirrors its retro-feel like Vol. 1 with resurrections of the classic hits. “Fox On The Run” by The Sweet, “Bring It On Home to Me” by Sam Cooke and Jay & The Americans’ “Come a Little Bit Closer” are just some of the melodies that keep this movie afloat. Plus an appearance from Sylvester Stallone (Rocky!) and the incredible cuteness of Baby Groot. What more can you ask for?
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is fun and worthwhile to see numerous times. It’s a great kickoff to summer.
Studio: Marvel Studios (2 hr. 16 min)
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone
Director: James Gunn
Story: The Guardians of the Galaxy ride again, battling monsters and encountering Star-Lord’s father.
Final Score: A+