REVIEW: Laugh your heart out with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

By Elissa Koh, Editor–

Had a stressful week? No problem, one movie will fix it right away. Laugh away your worries by watching “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Directed by James Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has  the audience spellbound from start to finish, taking viewers on a roller coaster of emotions, from roaring chuckles to hushed sniffles.

Those searching for a continuation of Thanos and the infinity stones from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1” will be disappointed, as the sequel instead focuses on Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and the mystery that shrouds his father, Ego (Kurt Russell).

In contrast, viewers will find satisfaction as they are reunited with the character everyone is most looking forward to: Baby Groot.

The beginning of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has viewers immediately engrossed, as the Guardians of the Galaxy– consisting of Peter Quill, Baby Groot (Vin Diesel), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper)– are hired by the Sovereign, an alien race, to protect batteries they find precious from an invader.

While the Guardians of the Galaxy are preoccupied with defending the batteries from an inter-dimensional monster, Baby Groot is in his own little world and takes the audience on a ride full of dance moves and funky music, mirroring the beginning scene of the first installment of “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

With an entertaining opening scene, the movie moves on to take a more melancholy tone as there is much conflict between many characters, and confusion is added when a Celestial– an ancient cosmic being equivalent to a small god– appears claiming to be Quill’s father. The Guardians revealed a more vulnerable and emotional side, much of which was never seen in the first installment.

However, despite the many sad, sorrowful scenes, Gunn is able to pack humor in the smallest comments and details– many of which were provided by Drax– in the most unsuspecting, dramatic moments.

In addition to the nonstop comedy, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” includes a meaningful underlying idea of how you must to let go of your ego– no pun intended– in order to see past deceptions and let go of disputes and enmity in order to find peace.

Although “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” fell short of the high expectations set by the first installment concerning plot and soundtrack, it is still a movie worth watching.

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