Details from IMDB:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 5 May 2017 (USA)
8.1/10

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Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

Director:

James Gunn

Writers:

James Gunn, Dan Abnett (based on the Marvel comics by) |9 more credits »

Initial Thoughts:
I know I haven’t done a post in a good while (almost two weeks). I’m ok, just personal stuff going on (that I’m not discussing) but life goes on and I have seen some movies and finished a book lately. So of course anyone who follows this blog knows I loved the first GOTG movie (was never a fan of the comic) so of course I would be seeing the second one (and I knew it had good reviews). In fact I saw it opening weekend in IMAX.
Main Points:
This picks up just after the end of GOTG 1, seems likes weeks or maybe a month. As usual I’m not going to get into plot details. It’s a fun movie with a lot of laughs but is still darker and more serious at times compared to the first one. As the director said in an interview, all the characters have grown from the first movie and you continue to see them change here. We get some new characters and thankfully get to see more of Yondu (played well by Michael Rooker) and even a little more Howard the Duck (despite the disaster that was George Lucas’ movie, I would love to see them try another movie with Seth Green as the voice).
I laughed plenty of times throughout and there are other parts that are serious and even a few sad/touching ones. The story is just a little less entertaining that the first part. While I would the first movie flew by I find the two hour fifteen minute running time here could have been shaved off a little. Kurt Russell is excellent as Ego, the Living Planet and I have to say Stallone turns in a good performance. The rest of the cast continue to shine and I found Dave Bautista and Bradely Cooper in particular really put some great performances (and are even better than they were in part 1).
Final Thoughts:
In this dark times with Trump, trouble with North Korea, Russia and everything else, it was welcome for a movie to make me laugh. I give this a solid 8 out of 10 and would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the first one. I have to say the music in this one is even better than the first and (for the most part) every song fits the scene really well. What didn’t work for me, however, was the IMAX 3D. I just didn’t find the special effects/camerawork really made great use of it. By all means see it but don’t bother will the full price of IMAX 3D. Make sure to stay all the way through as their are 5 post-credit (technically most are during the credits) including two Stan Lee cameos! (believe me that’s not a spoiler, who he is with is!) Not appropriate for young children, I would say ages 13+. Have a good one all, talk soon.