Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2

"He may have been your father, boy, but he wasn't your daddy."   - Yondu

release year: 2017
genre: sci-fi/action
viewing setting: home Bluray 9/3/17

synopsis: The Guardians must deal with betrayals, pirates, and Quill's father, who is not all he appears to be.

impressions: While not as original or engaging as the first, this was still a whole lot of fun. It finds subtle ways to make indiviuals matter and stand out amidst things like spaceships and cosmic powers. And again, the musical soundtrack (featuring catchy oldies) was superior.

acting: Chris Pratt is the leader, who's from 1980s Earth and has a humorous side. Zoe Saldana is a blue-skinned alien assassin who he falls for. Dave Bautista is a hulking alien warrior with some really funny lines. Vin Diesel is the voice of the now-baby Groot, who's small but obnoxious (and handy.) Bradley Cooper is the voice of a tiny but fiesty alien raccoon mercenary. Michael Rooker is an alien pirate bandit with ties to Quill. Karen Gillian is Gamora's reformed half-sister. Pom Klementieff is the alien Mantis, whose incomplete grasp of English results in some really funny lines. Kurt Russell is Quill's long-lost father who makes an appearance.

final word: Good sequel that really expands these characters' backgrounds and their greater story.

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