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Subj: Re: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 quick thoughts
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I saw this at an early screening last night and it was a fair bit of fun. It was not as good as the first film, but it is pretty entertaining.

The character dynamics are pretty great and the story is pretty solid. It picks up on the themes of the first film with the meaning of family etc. Which was nice. The soundtrack was pretty solid again and the visuals were pretty great.

We get to see Rocket go sort of Rambo and take on an army himself. Well, a large group of Ravegers at any rate.

The depiction of Ego was pretty good. He is a living planet and is the antagonist of the film but that is not entirely clear until a little ways into the movie (it is but he is not overtly hostile until that point).

Ego, and the others, refer to himself as a celestial or god of sorts. And he is pretty powerful in the movie. We are starting to see more and more of the big god sort of guys like Dormammu and in this case Ego (we saw a Celestial in the first film for a moment).

During a battle between Ego and Quill at the end, we get a giant stone warrior vs giant stone Pac Man for a minute. It is funny.

There are numerous after credits scenes. Most of the mare just comedic except for one that sets the stage for Warlock to finally show up in the films.

If I had a main gripe it would be Ayesha and the Soverign race come off as too goofy for me, but it does not take away from things.

The movie does drag a bit in a few spots, an issue the first film did not have, but they do not last too long. Overall, it is a fun movie and return of characters I have grown fond of on the big screen.

This movie was more about two supporting characters than it was about the Guardians themselves: Yondu and Nebula.

In that awesome scene where Yondu and Rocket take out a ship's worth of scavengers, Rocket was just "also there." It was Yondu's scene. Even perfectly punctuated with the lyrics "Come a little bit closer, you're my kind of man, so big and so strong" - as he effortlessly whistled his way through the whole crew. Even the big emotional climax was all about Yondu. But in the end, Yondu was there to be the Agent Coulson of the Guardians - the death that pulls them all together. It is all getting a little formulaic.

Then there's Nebula. In that scene where she had attacked Gamora in a ship and was stuck in the rubble, I was cheering for Nebula. When Gamora pulled out the huge gun and started firing at the trapped Nebula, I thought "this seems so unfair." The reason I thought it is that the movie (both movies) had given me more reason to care about Nebula than about Gamora. Presumably Nebula was there to give Gamora character development, but it felt more like Gamora was only there to be a foil to Nebula.

Also have to give it to Kurt Russell. He ran rings around Chris Pratt with superior acting.

"It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices." – Albus Dumbledore
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