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MOVIE REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

When the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie came out a few years ago, it felt like an honest, great and cool breath of fresh air. Compared to other superhero blockbusters with more familiar protagonists, Vol. 1 was different, hip, funny and, well, rebellious toward other Marvel movies. The movie, and it’s plucky cast of characters, marched to the beat of its own drum and didn’t take itself too seriously. It set itself apart from the more iconic Avengers because they characters were new, unique and goofy, making it awesome to watch. However, it’s sequel, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, unfortunately takes a bit of a step back from that coolness that made the first shine. While it’s no doubt still a funny, self-aware and downright silly movie, it’s also a lot of other things that seem to take it away from being better than the first, or even anywhere near it.

This time around, the story’s a bit convoluted. Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) meets his long-lost father, the celestial Ego (Kurt Russell), but also has to think long and hard about his own life’s decisions. Family issues are a frequent theme throughout all of the other Guardians. While all of the characters are still exciting, well-written and interesting to watch, there’s a lot more to “Vol. 2” that, sadly, feels like almost too much; jokes don’t land, character moments go nowhere, and that non-sensical plot just never gives up in trying to explain itself more and more. There’s a lot of fun to be had and the magical final-act is a work of beauty, but it takes a while for “Vol. 2” to really get itself going.

3.5 stars out of 5

You can watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the AMC Broadstreet 7. Find movie times here.

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