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‘Guardians’ make you put your guard down through laughter

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

I loved the first Guardian movie. I think I've watched it 10 more times since then, picking up more each time I see it. Volume 2 is a sure hit for those who loved the first one, and if you haven't seen the first Guardian, don't worry, it's all new and not dependent on the first.

Quill, also known as Starlord (Chris Pratt) is the leader of a rag-tag team of space adventurers for hire heroes. There's a certain magic or attraction that acts as the glue that holds them together. Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and the lovable Groot (Vin Diesel) are Starlord's team.

The music is catchy with some definite 1980s favorites. The scenery is intense, colorful and busy with bright colors, shooting lasers, space stations and vehicles. It's the magical interaction between the main characters that keeps things light and funny. Sarcastic retorts or smart aleck responses will get you laughing. Not so much that you're holding your belly, but enough to tickle your humor bone. Darling little Groot will get you laughing without saying a word. The opening sequence where the main characters are fighting for their lives while little Groot is dancing to music oblivious of all around him is a definite hit.

And there's even a plot you can follow when you're not laughing. Quill finds out who his father Ego (Kurt Russell) is, what he's up to, and why Ego left Quill's mother on Earth. And then there's the subplot of how Yondu (Michael Rooker) came upon younger Quill and kept Quill in his service, breaking a sacred code enforced by, none other, Starhawk (Sylvester Stallone).

“Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” certainly checked off a lot of boxes that make a film successful: you care for the characters; excellent character interaction; suspense; violence; sexual tension; some sadness; some redemption, and humor.

Don't be worried that the film is 137 minutes long. It certainly doesn't seem like it. Unlike other remakes this one keeps the magic going.

Get yourself a large bucket of popcorn and an extra-large drink for this one because the laughs, action, and just plain wondering what's going to happen next are going to keep you going.

Run, don't walk, to the theater to see this one. Maybe see it a couple of times. I'm sure I missed something because I was laughing so much.

It's rated PG-13, and I'll give it 4 out of 4 Miners.


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