New “Guardians of the Galaxy” adds family drama to usual servings of action, humor

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Zamora (Zoe Saldana), Quill (Chris Pratt) and Drax (Dave Bautista) make space jockeying look fashionable. Photo courtesy of Marvel.com.

Zamora (Zoe Saldana), Quill (Chris Pratt) and Drax (Dave Bautista) make space jockeying look fashionable. Photo courtesy of Marvel.com.

Zamora (Zoe Saldana), Quill (Chris Pratt) and Drax (Dave Bautista) make space jockeying look fashionable. Photo courtesy of Marvel.com.

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 features the same ragtag team of intergalactic space heroes fighting the forces of evil while cracking wise and bickering amongst themselves. It’s that blend of action, humor and suspense that the comic book company has managed so well in its slew of films over the past fifteen years, and fans will not be disappointed.

Opening the film with an outrageous and hilariously fitting opening fight sequence, ol. 2 wastes no time living up to its successful predecessor. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is Starlord, with Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and even Vin Diesel reprising their roles as Gamora, Rocket the Raccoon, Drax and Baby Groot fighting evil forces from beyond the cosmos while trying to figure out Quill’s parentage and family drama.

The movie opens in early-1980s Missouri, with Meredith Quill (Laura Haddock), Peter Quill’s mother, and Ego (Kurt Russell), a mysterious man who is revealed to be Peter Quill’s extraterrestrial dad, frolicking in the woods. Not much is said about this couple, but it shows the history of Quill’s family’s past and offers more closure on who and from where his parents are.

Following the opening fight scene with the Guardians, the group undergoes a unwanted fight with their clients, a race of golden, genetically perfected beings. After a nail-biting escape scene, they run into Ego, and the plot begins to unfold.

This sequel is built a lot upon the successes of its prequel, while learning from its shortcomings.

“A lot of what we were doing in the first movie was just throwing stuff against the wall to see if it would stick,” said Chris Pratt in an interview with the LA Times. “The first film was really created in the edit, and in the post-production process. We had a million versions of that first movie, and it was the result of testing it.”

Although comedic, this film focused more on emotional plot and growth than what its predecessor had focused on. Throughout the film we are given a glimpse into the minds and hearts of many characters that had not been looked into very much in the first film.

At the end of  the film we come to appreciate the characters that were not given much credit in the first film and the complexities of the relationships between characters is built upon much more.

Over the past couple weekends, the film has earned a gross profit of about $2.5 million since its release on May 12. Its $2 million budget has already been surpassed, and its profit margins are looking promising. Marvel Films has announced that in 2020 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is scheduled to be released in the near future, and the team will be fighting side by side with the Avengers and Spider-Man in next year’s Infinity War. Good. Bring it on. Too much is never enough.

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New “Guardians of the Galaxy” adds family drama to usual servings of action, humor