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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

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GUARDIANS OF
THE GALAXY VOL. 2
* * * (Joyce)
* * * ½ (Don)

(Funny, adventuresome sci-fi sequel)
Joyce had not seen the original “Guardians of the Galaxy,” so it took her a while to catch up to this quirky, funny sci-fi adventure.
Chris Pratt is back as Peter Quill, leader of the intergalactic band out to save the galaxy once again. Vin Diesel is the voice of Groot, the pint-sized tree trunk whose only words are “I am Groot,” while Bradley Cooper voices Rocket, the rascally raccoon-like creature. Dave Bautista returns as the tactless Drax and Zoe Saldana as Gamora, the fierce warrior woman.
Rocket has stolen valuable batteries from The Sovereign, leading to a plethora of chase scenes.
Kurt Russell, Quill’s father with the appropriate name Ego, joins the Guardians and the battles begin, as he has the hidden agenda of “remaking the universe.”
The special effects are good. The story isn’t that great. What makes the movie so good is the banter among the wild and crazy characters.
As usual, audience members race for the exits when the credits appear, missing hints as what is to come. In the case of “Guardians,” there are five reasons to stay right to the end.
Rated PG-13, with some profanity and sci-fi violence.

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