Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 : Fun for the whole family!

Walking into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I expected the same balance of silly, light hearted antics with a motley crew of characters and serious undertones that the first film presented us with.

What wasn’t expected, however, was how quickly Baby Groot stole the show. In the opening credits, we are treated to everyone’s loveable tree guardian dancing in the midst a battlefield, not a care in the world as he is grooving to the sounds of Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra. The whole intro was in true Guardians spirit: One part slapstick, one part chaotic fighting, and another part of interesting effects. Mix them together and you have a sense of what is to come.

One thing that I immediately picked up on was the fact that we were treated to a lot more Drax, played by Dave Baustista, than we were in Vol. 1. Drax is extremely literal and often provides a good laugh from his retorts to his comrades, adding to the charm that the first film created. And while Drax and Groot certainly got more spotlight on them in this film which helped keep the chuckles and smiles rolling as the film progressed, nothing that could distract you away from the whole ensemble once they were all together.

Yondu and the Ravager crew were more fleshed out in this film, giving us a look into some of their personalities and even having us grow attached to some. One of the crew is also played by Jimmy Urine, the front man for the band Mindless Self Indulgence.

The plot was a whirlwind of emotions and while I won’t spoil anything for you, I can say that I wasn’t prepared to feel the way I did at the end. And, despite the PG-13 rating, families will find themselves enjoying Star-Lord and the gang’s newest adventure.

Definitely a film I’d go to see more than once to pick up any easter eggs I may have missed.