Breaking the Stereotypes- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review


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Many sequels in Hollywood have a bad reputation of being worse than their predecessors. Marvel’s newest superhero sequel, starring Chris Pratt as Star-Lord/Peter Quill, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, and Karen Gillan as Nebula, is one that is unlike the stereotype. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, breaks the cliche because some think that it was more emotional and had as much action as the first.  The #1 movie in America for three weeks, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, packed in comedy, action, and even some drama, making it suitable for all ages. There will be spoilers, so do not read if you have not seen it yet.

The movie starts off in a battle of the Guardians who are protecting valuable batteries for the Sovereign leader Ayesha, in exchange Gamora’s sister, Nebula, who was stealing the batteries. Rocket then decides to steal some batteries for himself and ends up getting the Guardians in trouble. Ayesha then sends her fleet of drones to capture them, but are destroyed by an unknown man. Landing on a nearby planet, the unknown man named Ego says that he is Peter’s father.

As a result of their thievery, Ayesha hires Yondu and his acquaintances, a child trafficking crew to capture the Guardians. The Guardians have already left with Ego, so Rocket, Groot, and Nebula are left. Hesitant about turning in the child he raised, Yondu is imprisoned by his alliances. Taserface, another captain of the group, then successfully captures Rocket and Groot and imprisons them on their ship, while Nebula escapes to find and kill her sister whom she hates. Imprisoned together, Rocket and Yondu bond and escape thanks to Kraglin, a loyal friend of Yondu.

Meanwhile, Ego along with Mantis, Ego’s assistant and empath, welcome Peter, Gamora, and Drax go to Ego’s planet. There, Ego explains how he created himself because he is a Celestial and how the planet is actually him. While bonding with each other, Mantis and Drax become close and open up about their secrets. Mantis then tells Drax about how Ego is taking advantage of Peter to get in control of the entire universe. Naive, Peter does not believe Gamora’s intuition that there is something weird about his newfound father. Nebula lands in Ego’s planet and tries to kill her sister. As they fight, they find themselves in a cave full of skulls.

Subsequently, Peter and Ego talk about their powers and what they can do with them. Ego then shares that he has had mated with every creature in the universe and planted an egg on each planet so he can expand himself to be the entire universe. Additionally Ego explains to Peter that he was the only one of his offspring who could harness the power and survive. The rest of the Guardians find out from Mantis about this plan and get ready to fight. Just in time, Rocket, Groot, and Yondu land on the planet to help. After giving it all they got, Yondu decides to sacrifice himself as the only way for the rest of the Guardians to escape and kill Ego.

Furthermore, Peter realizes that Yondu was a “real” father to him. The Guardians have a Ravager funeral service for Yondu and Gamora and Nebula make up from their fight. In the end, the Guardians go on and continue to protect the galaxy.

When asked what she thought about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Sarah Frazier (9) says that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a very good movie full of action and emotion. Chris Pratt really helped make the movie what it is.” All in all, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a successful movie that breaks the stereotype, full of laughter, adventure, and heart.