Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the next film in the EYG MCU Rewatch and the second film written and directed by James Gunn in the series.

Gunn took some wild trips in this sequel including the introduction of Ego, the Living Planet (Kurt Russell).  If five years ago, someone told me that Ego the Living Planet would be a main character in a feature film, I would have laughed in your face.  Not only is he here, but he is played by the one and only Kurt Russell.  Absolutely insane.

In the sequel, it feels as if the team has taken a step back from the family they were in the first film and become a group of bickering and mean spirited jerks.  Deep down they care for one another but their past hurt overpowers those feelings.  Their struggles and arguing filled the first act of the film and was a bit much.  This is especially obvious with Rocket.

The biggest problem with Vol. 2 is the excessive amount of jokes.  I am not opposed to humor in the film.  Heck, Vol 1 had its share of jokes, but in Vol. 2, it just seemed as if there were too many jokes cracked by everyone and it messed with the tone of the film.  There are too many situations that are made silly by the jokes.  Plus, there are too many poop,fart, penis jokes for my taste.

Having said that, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has plenty of other moments that are filled with emotion and life.  The relationships between Peter and Ego, Peter and a Rocket, Rocket and Yondu, Drax and Mantis all get time and they all have beautiful moments.

of course, there is nothing better than the finale of Vol. 2.  The connection of Peter and Yondu is investigated and the ending with Yindu and the Ravagers is arguably the most beautiful and touching scene in the MCU franchise. I cry every time.

Baby Groot.  What else needs to be said?

Though the soundtrack isn’t quite as important as the soundtrack from Vol. 1, the songs are great and work during the film.

The fact that James Gunn gets to complete his trilogy is a great thing.  He knows these characters better than anybody and he should be able to deliver an amazing conclusion.  I hope he pulls back on the jokes just a bit, but it is obvious that Gunn knows how to provide an emotional and invigorating story with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Oh… And the Stan Lee as a Watcher cameo is one of the best cameos of all of them!

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