Disclosure: I saw an advanced screening of this movie to facilitate my review. No compensation of any kind was received.
My kids are big fans of superhero movies, and when they asked to watch Guardians of the Galaxy during family movie night a few months ago, I reluctantly agreed. It didn’t appeal to me at first, but my opinion quickly changed. I liked the interesting storyline, sarcastic humour and witty dialogue. It had silly moments, touching moments and a killer soundtrack, all adding up to a really fun ride. (There were a few inappropriate words, but nothing too offensive.)
So, when the sequel was announced, I had high hopes that it would be just as good as its predecessor.
I wasn’t disappointed.
It was every bit as good as the first movie – maybe even more so – yet, in one important way, it wasn’t what I expected.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 begins not long after the first ended, with the guardians – Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Baby Groot – capitalizing on their newfound fame by travelling the galaxy as good-guys-for-hire.
Their latest job hits an unexpected snag and, in the action that ensues, we are introduced to Peter’s biological father (played to perfection by Kurt Russell). Things are not as they seem, however, and we soon discover the real reason why Peter’s father was so eager to find him. Surprising details are also revealed about why Yondu the Ravager stole Peter from Earth as a young boy.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a story of friendship, family and, ultimately, redemption. It made me laugh and cry… and laugh some more. I had hoped it would be a raucous, hilarious, action-packed ride, and it was!
What I didn’t expect was a subtle change in tone and mature content that, sadly, makes this a movie I can’t take my kids to. The scene that gave me pause opens with Yondu zipping up his pants in a brothel, after obviously being ‘serviced’ by a scantily clad female droid. It was a bit too sexualized to explain to my kids, so we’ll leave this movie for Mom and Dad.
That being said, I think it’s the perfect movie for date night or a GNO. Be prepared to laugh your tail off, but don’t forget to bring tissue! And, whatever you do, DON’T leave until all the credits have rolled.
ALL of them…I’m not kidding! You’ll thank me later. 😜