Friday, May 19, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Movies Reviewed
Guardians of the Galaxy is a truly fabulous Marvel movie that I would recommend for anyone!   The movie is a mix of sci-fi, great animation, several engaging stories & witty dialog.  There were several times in both movies, Guardians of the Galaxy & Guardians of the Galaxy 2, where I couldn't help myself and laughed out loud.  It is really wonderful to walk away from a movie feeling like you had a great time, not to mention the characters feel like friends. 

For Mother's Day, my son surprised me with the DVD of the original Guardians of the Galaxy DVD and movie tickets to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  We spent the afternoon together watching the Guardians.  We started with the DVD and then immediately went to the theater for the second movie.  What a wonderful day and the perfect way to celebrate! 

I highly recommend watching the movies back to back. 

The Plot of Guardians of the Galaxy


 Guardians of the Galaxy
(Plus Bonus Features)
The original DVD introduces you to  all of the main characters and shows us exactly how several unrelated outlaws end up banding together to become the "Guardians of the Galaxy".  

The movie starts with Peter Quill as a child listening to 80's music while sitting in a waiting room at the hospital.  His mother is dying from a brain tumor and his whole world is about to be turned upside down.  When his mother dies, he runs from the hospital devastated by the reality of what just happened.  It is at that very moment that he is abducted by Yondu and his team of ravagers (thieves) from another planet.  We do find out later that they were hired by his father to retrieve him from earth when his mother dies.

We are quickly fast-forwarded 26 years to Peter as an adult and we discover that he has been raised by Yondu as a ravager.  Peter seems happy enough, but it is a time of unrest in the galaxy.  A peace treaty has been signed between the Kree and Xandar, but not everyone is willing to adhere to that treaty.  Ronan is a powerful Kree who wants more than revenge, he wants complete annihilation of all Xandarians.

Yondu's group of pirates have been  commissioned to "acquire" a precious orb.  However, Peter decides to go alone to steal the orb.   Once he has the orb in his possession, he does have to battle Ronan's warriors to keep it.   When Peter goes to the Broker to sell the orb and tells him about his battle with Ronan's army, the Broker no longer wants anything to do with the orb and forces him to leave his shop.

Peter meets Gamora, who has been sent by Ronan to retrieve the orb.  A tussle for the orb leaves both Gamora and Peter vulnerable to bounty hunters who want to capture Peter for the reward offered by Yondu for the betrayer, Peter.  And, this is how we meet Rocket (the raccoon to earthlings) and Groot (a live tree).  

They are all arrested by Nova Corps officers and sent to Kyln (prison).  Because of her association with Ronan, the prison is full of inmates who want to kill Gamora.  One of those inmates is Drax.  

Now, we have been introduced to the characters who become the Guardians of the Galaxy:  Peter Quill, Rocket, Groot, Gamora & Drax.  They form an alliance to break out of Kyln, but that alliance becomes a "family" who battle Ronan for possession of the orb and it's contents, an infinity stone.  Possession of that infinity stone ensures the salvation of the entire planet of Xander.

The Plot of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - Currently in Theaters

 POSTER STOP ONLINE Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Movie Poster/Print (Regular Style/One Sheet Design) (Size 24" x 36")Check PriceGuardians of the Galaxy 2 picks up where 1 leaves off.  The Guardians are now an official team of Marvel defenders.   They have been hired to protect valuable batteries from an attacking monster.   Their payment for that job is given in trade form.  They are paid with Gamora's sister, Nebula.

Rocket can't seem to resist the temptation to steal a few of the batteries and the Guardians are pursued by the Sovereign.  They are forced to crash land after they are saved by a mysterious ship.   When the unidentifiable ship lands, Peter Quill finds himself face to face with his father, a man he has never met before.  Ego (Kurt Russell) invites Peter to his planet.  Peter, Gamora & Drax leave Rocket to repair their ship and go with Ego to his planet. 

A lot of secrets are revealed on Ego's planet and Peter has some difficult realities and choices to make.  

Both of these action packed movies are filled with witty dialog, lovable characters and scenes of strong emotions.  Guardians of the Galaxy 2 forces the Guardians to come to terms with a lot of their own personal relationships and the "people" who they really love.

One additional point of interest about Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is the introduction of Sylvester Stallone as Starhawk, the overall commander of the Ravagers.  

Great Actors in the Guardians of the Galaxy Movies

Peter Quill - Chris Pratt
Groot - Vin Diesel
Rocket - Sean Gunn (on set)  & Bradley Cooper (voice)
Gamora - Zoe Saldana
Drax - Dave Bautista
Yondu - Michael Rooker
Nova Prime - Glenn Close
Corpsman Dey - John C. Reilly (arrested the Guardians & Peter's Nova corps contact)
Ego the Celestial - Kurt Russell
Starhawk - Sylvester Stallone
Peter's Grandfather - Gregg Henry
David Hasselhoff - David Hasselhoff
Stan Lee - Creator of the Marvel characters - appears as random character in both movies

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  1. Wow, I would never in my wildest dreams have thought of going to see Guardians of the Galaxy but your review kinda made me want to. Great job on this!

    1. Thank you Heather! I was actually pretty surprised by how much I loved the shows. There were a few times when I was laughing so hard at comments that I missed the following dialog. I think that is what I like the most. The movies made me laugh.

  2. What a fantastic movie(s) review and such a delightful and thoughtful Mother's Day gift from your son. I can tell you two enjoyed watching these movies together and that is as much a 'gift' as the gift itself! I'm sure my daughter & SIL have already seen both movies (Sci-Fi and animation fans that they are, as well as artists in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy realm).

    1. It was truly a fabulous Mother's Day gift, Elf. Finding something my son and I can share like that is always phenomenal. Since he gave me the first movie in the series, I took it over and showed it to my parents, who promptly went to the theater to see 2. Yelp, they loved it too! Perhaps, it is the sharing of the movie that made such an impact, but I do believe we all would have liked them individually regardless.

  3. Don't tell him I told you, but my husband is the wet blanket in our household when it comes to watching or reading anything that contains the word "Marvel," is part of the sci-fi genre, or uses animation. Therefore, we almost never watch shows or movies like these. However, my reading and movie interests have recently expanded as I've realized (mostly because of these reviews) how much fantasy and fun I've missed in my many decades on this earth. Your review definitely has piqued my interest, so I might just have to step out of my/our comfort zone and give this pair of movies a try. I love that your son created an awesome memory for both of you for Mother's Day based on the movies - you obviously have raised him right!

    1. Susan, I do understand these movies are not for everyone. Until my son started taking me to the theater, I wasn't a sci-fi fan at all. However, I have really enjoyed the sci-fi movies that I have reviewed on Review This! Admittedly though, we have seen some that I did not review because they really were not movies I felt comfortable recommending. I also grasp that the animation may seem somewhat cartoonish to some, but I enjoy laughing "with" the characters. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot was just too awesome to call a cartoon :)

    2. Oh, and I do think you would enjoy the witty dialog! Some of the comments are made with such straight faces that you will laugh even harder when you realize what the actor really just said. When there is a movie that my husband doesn't want to watch with me, aka any romantic Hallmark movie, I watch the DVD on my laptop. I have been known to even wear headphones!

  4. What a wonderful Mother's Day Gift. I've seen both movies and will watch them again. As always Cynthia a great review.

    1. Thank you very much Sam! I am guessing since you said you will watch them again, you must have enjoyed them as well. Seeing them with my son did truly make it a wonderful Mother's Day this year.

  5. I went to see the first one with one of my sons. I enjoyed it very much. I've been thinking I should see part 2, and your review confirms it. Thank you for your review!

    1. Oh, girl! 2 is a must for you! So many things are resolved that were left hanging at the end of 1. Mostly, you will want to learn about Peter's father. But, there are also some really unexpected revelations. You will end up really liking, if not loving, "that blue guy". (Don't want to give too much away!) My mother said that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was her favorite.

  6. I'm surprised to say that I may actually enjoy this movie!

    1. Just between you and me Barbara, I was very surprised that I liked them too!

  7. This movie sounds good. Sounds like something I'd enjoy with my son too! I fondly remember seeing the first Star Wars movies with him when he was 3 years old. When he was home a couple of years ago we went and saw another one that had just come out. Great memories!

    1. And, those are memories that truly do last a lifetime! Funny how our sons can drag us to movies and places we wouldn't consider going to without them. I suspect it would be a movie you two would also enjoy together. It has a bit of the Star Wars vibe.

  8. It sounds like your son knows you well and gave you not only a gift you would enjoy, but some mother-son time to go with it. What could be better? This is a great review, but I'm not much into movies or sci-fi, so I probably won't see these. I will pass the review on to those who probably will be interested.


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