Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) true parentage.

It’s very rare when a sequel to a film exceeds expectations of the first. Everyone loved the first Hangover, but after that, the popularity started to decline even though the two that followed were still seen as “decent.” Decent is not what you want to hear about a film. So I’m happy to announce that the second installment of Guardians is every bit as ‘awesome’ as fans were hoping for and more.

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This movie was three, count it, three times funnier than I expected. The entire film surrounds Quill haphazardly discovering his father not only exists but has his own planet. Everything else that takes place is hilarious.

There are so many subplots that add to the uniqueness of the film that it’s going to move Marvel Studios up yet another notch in the film world above D.C. Universe. I was going to say ‘rival’ but at this point, they’ll need to hit 10 Grand Slams with Wonder Woman to catch up to Marvel’s shadow.

The obsession with Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) is going to continue. His part in the film’s opening is adorable and hilarious. He’s the source of cuteness in sporadic parts of the movie, but the bulk of the comedy comes from Drax (Dave Bautista) and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper). Rude, crude, perverse, and everything you’d hope for!

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Now if you’re familiar with the story, you know that Quill and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) have a thing for each other that Quill is willing to acknowledge but Gamora is in denial about. Sadly, little progress is made in that regard in Vol 2., but that doesn’t make it any less awesome.

So what I am going to do is tell you to see this movie even if you haven’t seen the first one. You can fill in the gaps along the way via flashbacks and piece bits of information together. What I’m not going to do is tell you is who’s going to die, why Rocket is a klepto, why David Hasselhoff and Kurt Russell are so relevant, and the number of scenes you’re going to see during the credits (because you know by now to stay for the credits of a Marvel movie. You do know that right?) 10 out of 10 AND I bet it will do record numbers.

Trust me, believe me.

-Jon J.


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