Opening today in theaters across the country is the continuation of the adventures of The Guardians of the Galaxy. The Fandads were lucky to see an advance screening of this movie on Monday and it was a delight to see our old friends on the big screen again along with some new ones. There will be some spoilers in this review, so be warned if you continue reading.
The movie takes place a few years from the last one and it seems that the crew are now being hired to perform various tasks throughout the galaxy. The movie starts off with them taking on an octopus-like creature for the Sovereign in exchange for an item. Just in this scene alone we see how the dynamic between the team has improved and we also get a fun dance number from baby Groot.
After Rocket does something he shouldn't do to the Sovereign, the team crash lands on a planet where they meet Ego. Ok, now we can go scene to scene and let you know what happens next, but we won't do that. We want to keep some of the surprises for you to find out on your own.
As with any Marvel movie there are a lot of Easter eggs hidden throughout the background and our old friend Howard the Duck shows up too. He's not really an Easter egg because he has a few lines while hanging out talking to a alien species that's female.
The main focus of Guardians this time is family and finding your place in the Galaxy. There are parts of the movie where it feels a little heavy handed, but when you live in a vast and never ending universe, having that place to call home and those people to call family are really important. Even the relationship with Peter and Ego is touching and playing a game of catch is a little powerful because every kid can remember doing that with their parents.
In Peter's case he never had that moment. He never had a father figure in his life and the person he looked up to and told the kids was his father is pretty hilarious. With Gamora and Nebula, we learn a little about their childhood and what their father made them do to each other. Knowing that helps us understand the dynamic between the two a little better. We thought at one moment we were going to see a flashback of Drax and his family and we think that would have been great to see, but as with the other characters, we just get a taste of what their family life was like.
One of the better relationships we see in the movie is the one that forms with Rocket and Yondu. We don't want to give away too much, but seeing these two work off each other is fantastic and Michael Rooker brings a new level to this character that is amazing. We would love to see a movie or even shorts just based on these two characters because the scenes with them two were pretty funny and powerful. There is a line in the movie that Yondu says to Peter towards the end of the movie that just made me tear up. Yeah, Yondu is a bad ass in this movie.
While the sequel is a little improvement from the original if we would compare it to other sequels it would be easily comparable to Empire Strikes Back. I know that's sounds heavy, but the theme of finding your place in the world, finding family and the (spoiler) downer of an ending make this the darkest episode of the Guardians of the Galaxy series. It's a fun movie and we are very curious to see where it goes from here.
Kid Friendly - The sequel has the same tone of the first movie except there are a few more curse words than the first one plus some talk about male body parts, yes i am talking about the penis. There is one scene when Nebula and Gamora discover something in a cave that might scare little ones.
Violence - It's all fantasy violence, so it should be easy to explain to your children that this is not real. Although the mutiny scene might be a little too much and the scene when Yondu goes to town on the Ravengers is pretty brutal.
Fandads Rating - 5 out of 5
Remember friends, this is a Marvel movie so stay at the end and watch the after credit scenes. If we remember correctly there are about five scenes that range from hilarious to "where are they going with this?"
Keep an eye open during the end credits, we might be crazy but we thought we saw a connection to Thor: Ragnarok as the credits rolled.
Tell us, what are you looking forward to seeing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2?