Release Date: May 5, 2017
Run Time: 2 hours 16 minutes
After Credit Scene: YES
IMAX Viewing: NO
Reviewer: Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score: 7.8 out of 10
A Non-Spoiler Review
I have to say that the trailers for the film did a great job of not giving much away and that made the movie very enjoyable. If you aren’t one to follow movie news then you’ll be surprised with a few unexpected actors in the film. The story begins to give each character a bit more backstory and depth without boring us. Those who have followed the comics I also believe will be happy with the film as the characters are true to their roots. If you haven’t seen the first film, Guardians of the Galaxy, you will want to do so. This movie continues the saga of the five known as The Guardians of the Galaxy.
What works: You get comic relief from many of the characters of the film. Groot seems to be a viewer’s favorite and we do have enough Groot to make everyone happy. Drax (Dave Bautista) steals the show for me with his dry slapstick delivery. Just when you think you are in a dramatic scene, he’ll come out with something to make you laugh. Kudo’s to Dave Bautista who must be taking acting classes as his performance in this film is better than the last. Zoe Saldana continues her role as Gamora and gives another solid performance. We come to get some background on sisters Gamora and Nebula (Karen Gillan) who also provides a good performance and we will continue to see in upcoming Marvel films. The special effects once again work very well. You are going to see a young Kurt Russell and it is nearly seamless. Very well done. Chris Pratt seems to be a go to guy lately in Hollywood and with good reason. His role as Peter Quill/Starlord really does fit him. If he needs to be dramatic or if he needs to be funny, he’s spot on. Last but not least is Michael Rooker who has been in the previous film, The Walking Dead, Days of Thunder, Eight Men Out, among many others. He too provides a solid performance and gives us some memorable comic relief. We also get a number of in credit scenes as one post credit scene, so prepare to stay all the way through the credits.
What doesn’t work: There are a few scenes that are a bit drawn out. Gags that worked and are funny are carried out bit too long and you begin to feel as though, “ya, I got the joke.” There is a plot hole in the film that if I go into it then I may ruin part of the reveal. By the end of the film, you begin to feel the movie is over 2 hours long and you are ready for things to wrap up.
Overall the movie is fun, very colorful, special effects are well done, acting was very good, and of course we have Groot. Baby Groot to be more specific and he is as lovable as everyone wants him to be.
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this one a 7.8. It is worth the price of admission and a popcorn combo.
Did you see the movie? What are your thoughts? I’d love to read your opinions below.