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- Apr 4, 2017
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Guardian's of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
Guardian’s of the Galaxy was the film that really shouldn’t have been the smash hit that it was. Or to be more accurate, it is the film no one EXPECTED to be the hit that it was. Films like Iron Man, Captain America, Spiderman etc are more believable as hits due to their incredible popularity in the comic book world. Even Ant Man is understandable as Hank Pym/Ant Man was one of the first founding members of the original Avengers. However NO ONE expected the niche comics Guardian’s of the Galaxy to completely sweep the box office like it did. While DC was worrying about putting the first and most epic female super hero on screen, Marvel was just going balls to the walls and saying “hey, why not putting a talking raccoon on the screen! And while we’re at it, how about a tree creature that says nothing but ‘I am GROOT!’ while we’re in the groove”. Thankfully Guardian’s of the Galaxy was a mega hit for Marvel, and it paved the way for a sequel before they team up once again for the last Avengers film.
Guardian's of the Galaxy has always been huge on family. Not exactly blood family, but the fact that our “pack” is your center and that no matter where you come from, you can be family. That was explored in the first film quite heavily, but it’s even more of a focus in the second outing. Right off the bat we’re thrown back into Starlord’s makeshift family as the Guardian’s are given a mission to protect some intergalactic batteries (sounds weirder than it is. Ok, maybe it’s as weird as it sounds). Starlord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket the Raccoon (Bradley Cooper, baby Groot (Vin Diesel) and Drax (Dave Bautista) are hired to protect these batteries in order to gain access to a very special prisoner, Nebula (Karen Gillan), who has evaded them since Gamora’s and her split from the mad Titan, Thanos (Josh Brolin, who doesn’t show up this time around).
HOWEVER, Rocket isn’t exactly the most honorable of thieves, and ends up putting the crew in danger as the same benefactor’s who hired them are now after the group due to Rocket’s clepto nature. After crash landing on a remote planet the crew comes face to face with a space fairing man who claim’s to be Peter’s father, Ego (Kurt Russell). Inviting them back to his home planet, Ego wants to show Peter that he REALLY is his father, but Gamora and Rocket have some suspicions about Ego’s motives. Also, Yondu (Michael Rooker) has been disgraced by the rest of the ravager higher ups, and is trying to redeem himself by tracking down Starlord and the Guardian’s to redeem himself. All of which lead to an epic confrontation on Ego’s home planet where the rough and tumble crew find out what the REAL meaning of family is.
Guardian’s just WORKS on so many different levels. The color grading and the characters all just have gigantic throwbacks to the 1980s (the score is more 70s ish, but that’s just nitpicking). We have Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell and Michael Rooker all being HUGE throwbacks to that era (and while Stallone is a throway character, I think his inclusion is more just a nod to the legendary 80s than anything else). All of the characters mesh well together ,and even the new ones work pretty well. I did have some complaints about the addition of Mantis, as her character was watered down a bit, and the fact that they made Starlord’s father Ego instead of Jason of Sparta, but that is a minor complain in a hilariously fun action movie that really shows Marvel won big by putting them on screen.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content
• Visionary Intro – Director James Gunn provides context on how he continues and expands the storylines of these beloved characters in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."
• Guardians Inferno Music Video – Join David Hasselhoff and special guests for a galactic retro dance party.
• Gag Reel – Laugh out loud at all the hilarious off-script shenanigans and bloopers that took place on the set of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," featuring all your favorite Guardians.
• Four Deleted Scenes – Check out four specific scenes that had to be cut from the film, including two extended scenes and two deleted scenes.
• Audio Commentary – Check out a special narration of the film by director James Gunn, who guides fans through an inside look at the making of the movie.
Whether it’s the sumptuous visuals, or the family nature of the flick, Guardian’s of the Galaxy: Vol 2. is a smash hit sequel that is a blast to watch. The action is a blast, and it’s one of the smarter Marvel movies out there in a sea of films that really are just becoming cookie cutter at this point (my biggest complaint with most Marvel Films). I would normally complain about the level of humor in the film, but Guardian’s is a franchise that really thrives off of the lunacy more than be hampered by it. Audio and video wise, Disney/Marvel knows what they’re doing and while I didn’t have the pleasure to view the 4K UHD film, this Blu-ray is well worth the price of admission. Recommended .
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Kurt Russell
Directed by: James Gunn
Written by: James Gunn
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1 AVC
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 7.1, French, Spanish DD 5.1
Studio: Disney/Buena Vista
Runtime: 136 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: August 22nd, 2017
Recommendation: Great Watch