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The ragtag gang are back in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, but can the unlikely Marvel heroes recapture the magic the second time out?
Launching right into the action, we find the somewhat functioning team taking on a mission for a proud race, only to have things turn sour when Rocket, the super-intelligent raccoon, insults them.
Following a space pursuit, the group are saved by Ego (Kurt Russell), who is revealed to be the up-until-now absentee father of family-longing Peter 'Star-Lord' Quill (Chris Pratt). Quill, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Drax (Dave Bautista) head to Ego's very own planet, while Rocket and Baby Groot (voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel respectively) are captured by the returning bounty hunter, Yondu (Michael Rooker). While they fight to escape and reach the rest of the group, Quill has some life decisions of an intergalactic proportion to face.
With a film like this, the biggest question is always can it live up to its predecessor. For Guardians 2, the answer is kinda. You're never going to have that 'first time seeing this group in action' feeling that you get with the initial outing, but director James Gunn evidently knows the typical sequel pitfalls and does his best to bring his characters to the forefront. Marvel films always have an issue with their sequels stepping up the action but losing the character moments. Thankfully, Guardians 2 balances the increase in action with an increase in character moments and gags. The film hits some more heavier chords, also furthering the antagonistic sibling rivalry between Gamora and Nebula (Karen Gillan) and really focusing in on Rocket’s insecurity of his existence.
The only drawback to this is that there are double the jokes of the original, but only about half as many successful ones. Still, this averages out at a more entertaining film than a lot of the superhero flicks, and Baby Groot will certainly steal the show for a lot of younger viewers, so all in all, Guardians 2, though maybe not quite capturing the charm of the first film, brings enough new directions to the story and enough entertainment value to hold its own.
Richard Waters (@richmwaters)