Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2

Chris Pratt

Kurt Russell

reviewed by Tom-Tom

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In August 2014, something beautiful happened. A Marvel film starring characters most or all of whom no one (no regular movie goers, anyway) had ever heard of came out. They weren’t righteous, moral good doers which is what the pedestrian view of hero used to be but wisecracking anti-heroes, a band of Mad Maxes each out to score, to get money, or to avenge their slain family with ruthless bloodlust. Did I mention that one of them is a talking raccoon and another a talking tree albeit with a severely limited vocabulary? Despite these oddities or in spite of them, really, Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge hit refreshing the tired space opera genre with a perfect balance of humor, eclectic tunes, and a real heart behind it all. However beloved new characters are, the challenge lies in the sequel. Most of the success of films like Shrek, Transformers, and Pirates of the Caribbean lies in the love of meeting the memorable characters for the first time. With the increasingly deteriorating sequels offering nothing much more than a deceptive promise, the promise of drug dealers, politicians running for second terms, and cheating lovers everywhere, that things will continue on/return to their original greatness, and that you will fall in love with the old feeling all over again.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Chris Pratt

Zoe Saldana

reviewed by Tom-Tom

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89yh3vYs-zo 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe can be quite intimidating for newcomers making them feel as if a certain amount of homework is necessary before walking into the theater of the current MCU entry. In Marvel’s defense, they usually offer all the points necessary for understanding what is happening in the current film but as a devout viewer and reader of many of the corresponding comics, I can’t truly put myself in their place. Guardians of the Galaxy is a different film. For starters, its setting isn’t even on Earth (well, after the first 6 minutes it isn’t). It’s in a galaxy far, far away and perhaps one of the most enjoyable, funny, and awesome Sci-Fi action flicks since the original Star Wars Trilogy. Definitely the best since Serenity.

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