SPOILER-FREE – 136 min, PG 13
I am Groot. I AM Groot. I … am Groot… I am GROOT!!! I am –
Okay, maybe it is better to continue in human language…
For all those who fell in love with those hilarious characters, their congenial actors and this awesome sound track wrapped around a crazy-funny story in part 1, this sequel, directed by James Gunn, is a MUST anyway. And for all the others – well, the same. Because I have mentioned all the ingredients why you should not miss this block buster, and watch it in 3D. Besides the action, the gags and those great CGI effects, it is the chemistry between the characters that makes this movie so appealing. You can feel how much fun they all must have had creating this space adventure … And I don’t want to diminish the capabilities of human actors (e.g. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Kurt Russel), yet I have to mention that the most adorable of characters are – again – those just created via CGI, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). But there’s also Drax’ laughter, Chris Pratt’s puppy eyes, those remarkable cameo appearances and those hilarious references to other stuff in the Marvel universe – you need to see this in XL, before purchasing the DVD …
Don’t want to mention too much of the story line – well, Starlord’s daddy issues felt somehow tainted because of those typical-Hollywood-overly-sentimental-family-blabla I have always found extremely disturbing – luckily there was enough of sarcasm in dialogues and plenty of gags to make up for that.
Apropos gags – please remember, do not leave before the very last line of the credits been scrolled – and I mean it, do not leave BEFORE THE VERY END!
Another tip, do not forget tissues. As if a song like Cat Stevens’ / Yusuf Islam’s Father and Son wasn’t heartbreaking already, put into the movie context, you cannot avoid to feel a bit like choking up …
Summing up, this movie provides more than 2h of excellent entertainment – what more could you ask for?