It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a movie. Why? Because nothing has come out that I was excited to see, and the best part of The Brazen Bull is that I get to do whatever I want. We were founded on the principle of “fans first” and our work, or lack thereof, shows that. What sent me back to the theater? Well, obviously you know because you’re reading the article. So, what did the fan in me think about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?
Peter Quill, Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), and the gang continue their adventures protecting the galaxy, for a price. Rocket, Bradley Cooper (Elephant Man….it was a Broadway show, I know probably none of you had the chance to see it but I wanted to pick something I thought he was stellar in), decides to steal from the people that hired them and immediately calls down their wrath. When it seems like our heroes have reached the end of their story, Ego, Peter’s father, Kurt Russell (Big Trouble in Little China), shows up and saves the day. Can the Guardians fend off the advances of the vengeful Sovereign while simultaneously unraveling the mystery surrounding Ego and his seeming paradise-like planet?
Where to begin? Let’s start with Awesome Mix Vol. 2. Much like the first installment Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has an amazing soundtrack. I’m not sure who’s in charge of the music for this film but job well done. The girl sitting next to me was probably annoyed that I sang every word but “Come a Little Bit Closer” by Jay and the Americans is an oddly perfect song to accompany a mass murder, or maybe I’m just a psychopath.
The story was equally as great. Wrapped in a package of humor and action, the message of family being more than just blood shines bright as the overall theme. The insight into why people do what they do, even when it seem to be in direct opposition to what they truly want, gives depth to a set of characters so diverse anybody can find one to identify with. Sprinkle in friendship, a little romance, and a jaw-dropping moment or two, and it has everything you could ever want in a film.
BABY GROOT!!! I was less than optimistic about Groot’s, Vin Diesel (Pitch Black), roll in the film. After seeing it, I only have three words to describe Baby Groot, “Steals the Show.” Every time he’s on screen, he commands attention and rewards you for giving it. For only having one line, “I am Groot,” he’s arguably the best character in the film.
Marvel’s new logo reveal in the opening credits sucks. I know that has nothing to do with the film itself but it was really the only thing I had a major issue with. I much preferred the old, title specific, comic book pages shuffling to the new Avengers roll-call bullshit they have now. Other than that, there are a couple of scenes that seem like they’re trying too hard to be funny or emotional. When most of the movie feels effortless, they occasions can be a little distracting.