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May 8, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017) --- "A Familiar Group Of Misfits Return To Save The Galaxy From An Over-Eager Celestial Father."

Plot Summary
 Set against the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries 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.
- Written by Marvel Studios

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     Any movie associated with Marvel Studios is bound to bring a specific level of hype and excitement, and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 is no different. Director James Gunn (Dawn of the Dead, Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed) has made a name for himself by Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) as well as a confirmed third Guardians of the Galaxy after 2017’s second installment. Although much of his film career does not contain an array of successful movies, the Guardians of the Galaxy movies are by far the pinnacle of Gunn's directing career. In the first Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), like many, I was blown away as it became one of my favorite films so the stakes were high for the sequel, and it far exceeded expectations.
     James Gunn and his team managed to take all that was great about the first and bring it to a whole new level of awesome. From the opening scene audiences are dazzled by the rich visuals filled my eyes, and scenes following (especially the one which reintroduces our Guardians) had audience members laughing at every turn, grinning from ear to ear at the action, and the thoughtful moments undoubtedly made up the rest of the film. Keep in mind that there are moments throughout the film which are surprisingly brutal for a Marvel film. However, it is not out of place and there is a general joy that easily balances the film out. Rather than make fun of the expected clich├ęs associated with this kind of movie, the production team accepted that they need to jump through certain hoops and at the same time retain a sense of fun. Ultimately, this means that most sentimental messages are passed on with a more tongue-in-cheek theme. In other words, the message is still genuine even though the manner of delivery should not be taken seriously.
     This film obviously carries some standout performances with the fun factor and humor being included at the right times. Some special note performances are done by  Drax (Dave BautistaSpecter, Riddick), Baby Groot's (Vin DieselFast and the Furious, Riddick), Rocket (Bradley CooperSilver Linings Playbook, The Hangover), and Yondu (Michael RookerDays of Thunder, Tombstone)—with the former taking the lead in big humorous moments. Drax and his new found friend Mantis (Pom KlementieffOld Boy, Hacker’s Game) have a playful connection in trying to understand one another and those around them; taking everything said as literal. Rocket and Peter Quill (Chris PrattDelivery Man, Magnificent 7, Passengers) clashing with one another made for good viewing; and the reason behind Rocket’s behavior is almost heartbreaking. Chris Pratt’s (Delivery Man, Magnificent 7, Passengers) performance is done very well. It is obvious that his performance is strongest when he is playing a charismatic and funny person rather than a character that is very dramatic; Although he was good at bringing drama to his character in Jurassic World (2015) and Passengers (2016). Marvel did well by using Baby Groot's (Vin DieselFast and the Furious, Riddick) adorable inclusion as a chance to bring innocence and cuteness to many scenes.
     Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is epically amazing, James Gunn did a fantastic job at delivering a film that offers more character growth and information. The pace was excellent and the entire cast is thoroughly watchable. There are many ‘easter eggs’ throughout the film for Marvel fans, including references to the previous film. After the movie reaches its conclusion there are a massive 5 post-credit scenes in this movie and one scene, in particular, begins setting the stage for the next installment.

***Marvel Cinematic Universe (In order of how you should watch them)***
Iron Man (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Thor (2011)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Ant-Man (2015)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Black Panther (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Captain Marvel (2019)
Untitled Avengers film (2019)
Untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel (2019)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBA)

For those of you who have seen Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 then I recommend watching the video below which will further explain the 5 scenes. WARNING there are a few SPOILERS.

“There are two types of beings in the universe: those who dance, and those who do not.”
- Drax

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  5 of 5 stars
Worth Buying:  5 of 5 stars

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Movies Similar 
Ant-Man (2015)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Avengers (2012)
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (2015)
Avengers 3: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers 4: Untitled film (2019)
Black Panther (2018)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain Marvel (2019)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBA)
Hulk (2003)
Incredible Hulk (2008)
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 (2019)
Thor (2011)
Thor: Dark World (2013)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Cast & Crew
Directed by: James Gunn
Writing Credits:
     (Written by) James Gunn.
     (Marvel Comic Book by) Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.
     (Character by)  Jim Starlin, Steve Englehart, Steve Gan, Gene Colan, Arnold Drake, Jack Kirby, and Stan Lee.
Produced by 
   Victoria Alonso          ---   executive producer
   Louis D'Esposito       ---   executive producer
   Kevin Feige               ---   producer
   Simon Hatt              ---   associate producer
   Lars P. Winther      ---   co-producer
   Nikolas Korda         ---   executive producer (as Nik Korda)
   Stan Lee                   ---   executive producer
Music by Tyler Bates
Cinematography by Henry Braham
Film Editing by Fred Raskin and Craig Wood
Production Design by Scott Chambliss         
Chris Pratt                          --- Peter Quill / Star-Lord
Vin Diesel                           --- Baby Groot (voice)
Sylvester Stallone            --- Stakar Ogord
Karen Gillan                     --- Nebula
Zoe Saldana                       --- Gamora
Chris Sullivan                   --- Taserface
Glenn Close                        --- Nova Prime
Pom Klementieff              --- Mantis
Elizabeth Debicki            --- Ayesha
Chris Sullivan                   --- Taserface
Bradley Cooper                --- Rocket (voice)
Kurt Russell                      --- Ego
Dave Bautista                    --- Drax
Aramis Knight                   --- Boy on Star-Lord's Ship
Nathan Fillion                  --- Simon Williams
Tommy Flanagan            --- Tullk
Michael Rooker               --- Yondu
Stan Lee                               --- Astronaut
Aaron Schwartz               --- Young Ego
Sean Gunn                          --- Kraglin / On Set Rocket
Evan Jones                         --- Wretch
Kelly Richardson            --- Daisy Kiu
Elizabeth Ludlow            --- Easik Mother
Hilty Bowen                       --- Sovereign Pilot
Steve Agee                           --- Gef the Ravager
Rhoda Griffis                    --- Proprietor
Jimmy Urine                     --- Half-Nut
Sebastian Siegel               --- Guard of the Sovereign Nation
Joe Fria                               --- Oblo
Stephen Blackehart        --- Brahl
Terence Rosemore          --- Narblik
Donny Carrington           --- Kree Monk

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