Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is More Than Just a Marvel Flick  

Last week, my husband and I were lucky enough to catch the last full show of the newest movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe., Guardians of the Galaxy 2 at Centrio Cinema. Ever since we found out when the first screening day was, we've been excited about this movie. So we had to control our excitement as we sat down and waited for the movie to start. We had to go through the singing of the Philippine National Anthem, all the ads and warnings, and the movie trailers (which we enjoyed!). When the movie finally started, we had big smiles on our faces.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 did not disappoint us. We enjoyed every scene, even the five mid- and post-credit scenes!

In the movie, Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Gamora, Rocket, Drax, and an adorable Baby Groot first make their appearance as they are trying to save Annulax batteries from a beast. The renowned Guardians of the Galaxy was hired by Sovereign race leader Ayesha. As a reward for successfully completing their quest, Gamora's sister Nebula was released and handed over to the Guardians. But when it was revealed that Rocket stole some of the batteries, the heroes become a target and thousands of drone begin attacking them. Suddenly, as if appearing from nowhere, they are rescued by a mysterious character. The Guardians then land and attempt to repair their ship on a nearby planet. Not long after, their savior follows and they all soon find out who he was: Ego, who is claiming to be Quill's father. 

Ego, who is a god-like Celestial, convinces Quill, Gamora, and Dax to go with him to his home planet. Rocket and Baby Groot had to continue fixing the ship and watch over Nebula, who was now their captive. Several things begin to unravel at this point, the most important of which is the story of Ego, including the realization of his long-time dream and plans. 

While Quill is trying to rebuild his relationship (as if there was one) with Ego, a lot of things happen to Rocket, Baby Groot, and Nebula. They are captured by Yondu and his men and they all fight. Eventually, Rocket and Yondu are imprisoned in Yondu's ship while Baby Groot is subjected to oral abuse.

On the other side of their universe, Ego's true intentions are slowly revealed by his "aide" Mantis. To find out what it is, you'll have to watch the movie and I'll have to stop giving you spoilers.


Five Reasons to Watch Guardians of the Galaxy

I'm not going to give you the elaborate details, but there are five fun reasons why you should never miss this movie:

1. The 80s, particularly the music, figure prominently in this movie. (I now believe that the director, James Gunn, is a huge 80s fan!)

2. Baby Groot. He will melt your heart, especially when he cries!

3. The cameos. There are quite a lot: Rob Zombie, comedian Steve Agee, Howard the Duck (not Donald Duck!), and of course, David Hasselhoff.

4. Stan Lee has longer screen time! Yay for this!

5. There are five - FIVE - mid- and post-credit scenes! You wouldn't dare miss any of them, would you?

And, oh, Sylvester Stallone is also in the movie! 

Apart from these five fun facts, there are many more reasons why you should watch GOTG. According to Rotten Tomatoes, which gave the movie an 82% rating, Guardians of the Galaxy 2's  "action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that's almost as fun—if not quite as thrillingly fresh—as its predecessor." (Wikipedia)

NotJust A Marvel Movie

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 does not have a particularly thick plot, but it is an interesting one nevertheless. I mean, who wouldn't want to reunite with his father? Or rather, who wouldn't want to know why his father abandoned him and his mom when he was still a wee little boy? What makes Guardians of the Galaxy 2 work is not the story per se, but the characters in that story.

Director James Gunn made it a point to draw a detailed sketch of every character in this movie. Quill is more sensitive and vulnerable here, especially in the scenes where he talks about his mom. Gamora is also seen struggling with her emotions. Practically every character in this movie has an interesting character revelation and each one, in my opinion, was properly highlighted.

The biggest revelation of the movie, for me, is its focus on the family. It's not just a Marvel movie, it's a story about a family. Not Ego and Quill's family. Not Gamora and Nebula's sibling feud. I'm talking about the Guardians as a family. Despite being faced with the most dangerous odds, each of the Guardians still choose to remain with their "family". Nobody says, "I'm done!" and then walks away. When one fights, everyone else fights. When one weeps, everyone else does the same.

Towards the latter part of the story, when Ego's true motive begins to unfold, we see a "prodigal" member of the Guardians family make a comeback. It may be a short-lived one, but his love and loyalty earned a lot of respect. So if you're planning to watch the movie alone, I suggest you think twice and start inviting your family members (or friends) to join you!

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt (Quill), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Vin Diesel (Baby Groot), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Kurt Russell (Ego), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), and Elizabeth Debicki (Ayesha), among others. Directed and written by James Gunn, the movie is based on Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's comic book of the same title.

Running Time: 136 minutes

MTRCB Rating: PG - Parental Guidance

See you at the movies!

(Baby Groot photo from YouTube. First photo is official poster/wallpaper.)