Review: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" Flies Into Homes

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is heading to our homes on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD packed with all sorts of supplemental fun and more bang for our buck. The movie might be a step down from the charming original. However, props must be given to Marvel and Disney for attempting to make it up to us through humorous and exciting special features.

Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper, motion capture by Sean Gunn) has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the motley crew try to escape, the mystery of Peter's parentage is revealed in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is a parent's worst nightmare. The movie is obviously made to appeal to younger viewers with its colorful characters and swashbuckling action and adventures. However when you get into the theater, you're peppered with literally dozens upon dozens of profanities and sexual innuendos. It was way more than you would expect from a movie directly tied to Disney. I would venture to say that it has twice the amount of bad language and inappropriate jokes as the first movie. That's not to say that it's not funny from an adult's point of view.

The CGI used to make Kurt Russell look young in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is flawless. You feel like he shot those scenes right after wrapping "Escape from New York" or "Big Trouble in Little China." All the other VFX are what you would expect from a big sci-fi comic book production.

I can't remember how many post-credits scenes there were, but it was way too many. It was almost like Marvel and James Gunn were trying to poke fun at themselves, but continue the tradition seriously at the same time. Unless you're a diehard comic book fan, you're left scratching your head for most of them.

Overall, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" was worth a view for the spectacle of it all. You also get to see Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone use all their charm and swagger within the framework of the Marvel Universe. Just know going in what your children's ears are in for and lower your expectations a bit.

There's plenty of bonus material for folks to enjoy when it comes to the Blu-ray release of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." The "Guardians Inferno" music video features David Hasselhoff and special guests as they get their groove on for an out-of-this-world 70's dance party. Director James Gunn provides audio commentary. The four-part "Bonus Round: The Making of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'" takes us behind-the-scenes of the film with the cast and crew. We also get hilarious deleted scenes and an outrageous gag reel to round out the extras.

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" comes out on Blu-ray and DVD on August 22nd, 2017. It was directed by James Gunn. The cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Kurt Russell, Karen Gillan, Sylvester Stallone, and Elizabeth Debicki. The running time is 136 minutes.

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

Rating: 🌟🌟 and a half.