Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is in theaters everywhere today. My family and I saw the movie last night, and I am going to be honest. While I loved the film for adults, I am really on the fence about what age is appropriate for kids. If your kids love Guardians of the Galaxy you may want to read on for my take. And don’t worry this is a SPOILER FREE review, I would never do that to fellow fans.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Synopsis
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s (played by Chris Pratt) true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Review
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is a great film, don’t get me wrong. If you love the first film, you will absolutely love the second volume in the franchise. This time around the Guardians naturally have to save the galaxy, but you get more insight into who they are and how they came to be. Turns out Yondu isn’t really all that terrible after all, he is just a little misunderstood. Actually, that really rings true for Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) as well. He and Yondu (played by Michael Rooker) come from the same place, and really just want to be part of something great.
Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) steals the show with his dance moves and ability to save the Galaxy. He may not say much, well he says nothing except “I Am Groot” but he means plenty. Like most kids, he seems to have a bit of difficulty understanding simple directions. He has a big heart and loves his Guardians family, and he may even listen for once–ya know so he doesn’t blow everyone up.
Drax (played by Dave Bautista) steals the film with his comedic antics. Yes, I just said Drax was the funniest one of the film. He has hysterical one liners and even plays a practical joke. Don’t get me wrong he is still one tough dude when the bad guys come, but he will keep you laughing out loud the entire film. Drax has a much larger role in this film, and I loved every minute of it.
Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana) has some drama in Vol 2 and she is not a fan. Her sister Nebula is out to get her, as in will kill her if she isn’t looking. And she’s got a little romantic situation with Peter that she keeps ignoring. Will those two ever just admit to liking each other already? All of that aside, she is still a total bad-ass and doesn’t take crap from anyone. Girl power at its best.
Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) is the always one-liner dropping leader of the Guardians. His Mix Tape # 2, dare I say it is better than Mix Tape # 1. He has some serious issues with his father EGO (played by Kurt Russell) and it doesn’t take long to figure out why. Thankfully Peter is more human that anything else. Will Peter and Gamora finally face their feelings? Oh man Peter has so much realness to deal with in Vol 2. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I guess you have to go see the movie this weekend!
A Mom’s Perspective
We are a Marvel family, we have seen all of the Marvel films. With that said, Marvel you killed me with this one for my 8-year-old. Sadly, I didn’t get to see my local preview and now I wish I had before taking Miss M last night. It wasn’t the violence, that is all typical Marvel guns and bombs and craziness. No nudity either, well a quick shirtless Chris Pratt but that’s just a little eye candy for the Mom’s in the audience.
It was the language–come on Marvel, you guys didn’t need to pepper vulgarity in like that. I still love you, but my 8-year-old didn’t need to hear Rocket being called a douche bag or Peter being called a dick. So many other words could have been used and still funny and fitting for the scene. While no F-bombs are dropped there is still a good deal of colorful language that my 8-year-old hopefully isn’t hearing yet. I know, I know it’s rated PG-13, but before you yell at me for taking my 8-year-old she has seen all of the other Marvel films and that rating is generally for the violence. This time I would heed the PG-13 warning for the younger Marvel fans in your household.
Overall I LOVED Vol 2, I would absolutely see it again just not with my youngest Marvel fan in tow. Get your tickets today and see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 in theaters this weekend!