“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – Bigger, Better and So Much Fun

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The crew of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is back.  In case you need a refresher course, they include: Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who was abducted from Earth as a child and raised by a group of alien thieves called the Ravagers. Because Quill saved so many people in the first film, he is now quite famous and renowned for his fighting  abilities.  Also back is Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a former bad girl; Drax (Dave Bautista), a highly skilled warrior who also happens to be extremely funny;  Baby Groot, the most adorable tree-like humanoid you will ever meet voiced by Vin Diesel; and finally Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, a genetically engineered raccoon bounty hunter and mercenary.

When the film begins, we find out that they’ve been hired by Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), the golden High Priestess and leader of the Sovereign race, to protect their valuable batteries from an inter dimensional monster, known as the Abilisk. In  exchange, they agree to give them Gamora’s estranged sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan), who was caught attempting to steal the batteries.

Things go smoothly at first, but then Rocket decides to steal some of the batteries for himself. Not a good move. The Sovereign attacks the Guardians ship with a fleet of drones. Lucky for our super heroes, the drones are destroyed by a mysterious figure, but the Guardians are forced to crash land on a nearby planet.

Turns out their savior is a dude name Ego (Kurt Russell), who just happens to be Quill’s long lost father…But that’s not all. He’s also one of the Gods known as Celestials and exists in the form of the living planet that the Guardians now find themselves.

Ego assumes human form to travel the universe and interact with other species, eventually meeting and falling in love with Quill’s human mother, which makes Quill half God.

There is so much more to the plot of “Guardians,” which is brilliantly directed by James Gunn, as well as many more characters, including Michael Rooker as Fondu Udonta, a blue skinned buccaneer who is the leader of the Ravagers and a fatherly figure to Quill, as well as Ego’s pet adorable empath, Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Even Sylvester Stallone makes an appearance as Stakar Ogord, a high ranking Ravager.

“Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2” shot in 3D is exciting and extremely funny with a killer music score (especially if you’re a fan of songs from the ’70s-’80s) which drives the film. It also has gorgeous visuals and killer action scenes.  Lastly the film is quite touching with its message about friendship and family. The film which opens in theatres May 5th and is a must-see for fans and non-fans alike. 

Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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