Hard to believe it’s been 3 years since fans were introduced to the Guardians Of The Galaxy.  This weekend the Guardians are back and once again Marvel has found a way to capture that lightening in a bottle.  If you loved baby Groot shown at the end of the Vol. 1 then you will be in for a real treat as our pint-sized hero steals the movie.

 

 

 

 

Fans will love that aside from the principal cast returning we also have Karen Gillian returns as Nebula, Michael Rooker as Yondu and Sean Gunn as Kraglin also return.  We are introduced to Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Kurt Russell as Ego, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha and Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord.  The one thing this film isn’t short on is talent.

 

 

Following shortly after the events from the first film, the team is protecting a set of very rare and expensive intergalactic power cells for Ayesha and her people. The highly advanced species gives the team Nebula as payment.  Once payment has been made we learned Rocket stole a few because he could which sets Ayesha and her people after the team bent on destroying them.

With the team in real trouble and on the verge of being wiped out a small ship takes out their attackers all at once.  After crashing the ship, the team is approached by their savior, Ego brilliantly done by Kurt Russell. Ego reveals that he is Peter’s father and has been searching for him since his mother died.  Skeptical of what to expect, the team splits up and Groot and Rocket stay on the ship to do repairs while the rest go with Ego to his home world.

 

Ayesha has hired Yondu and his crew to capture the Guardians and bring them back to pay for their betrayal.  Ego reveals to Peter how he met his mother and why he left.  Ego tells Peter that Yondu was supposed to bring him back to this planet when his mother died but kidnapped him instead.  Ego goes on to tell Peter he is a god and must stay on the planet to survive.

 

Nebula has serious daddy issues and wants to kill Thanos and is jealous of Gamora which is explained in the film.  We also learn of a major revelation regarding Peter’s past as well as what it is like to have his father in the picture and his plans for his son during this reunion.  We also learn more about Yondu and his past and what helped shape him into who he is now.  To learn what happens you have to see Vol. 2 to find out and you will be glad you did.

 

Marvel was smart in not letting much of the plot or the many reveals slip in the teasers leading up to the release.  There are a ton of surprises in the film and 5 post film scenes that play during the credits.  I know we shouldn’t have to say this but stay through the credits. The music once again is perfect and fits in nicely.  We saw this in 3D and the effects were well done and not overdone.  This is a great movie and a perfect way to kick off the summer.

 

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