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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [2017] (2 discs)

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Director:James Gunn
Writer:James Gunn
Composer:Tyler Bates
Length:136 minutes
(2 hours 16 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:82%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.


Reaction: Great fun and very exciting.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
James Gunn => Director / Writer
Tyler Bates => Composer
Ben Browder => Sovereign Admiral
Bradley Cooper => Rocket  (voice)
Chris Pratt => Peter Quill / Star-Lord
Chris Sullivan => Taserface
Dave Bautista => Drax
David Hasselhoff => The Form of David Hasselhoff
Elizabeth Debicki => Ayesha
Gregg Henry => Grandpa Quill
Jeff Goldblum => Grandmaster  (uncredited)
Karen Gillan => Nebula
Kelly Richardson => Daisy Kiu (uncredited)
Kurt Russell => Ego
Laura Haddock => Meredith Quill
Mac Wells => Officer Fitzgibbon
Michael Rooker => Yondu
Michael Rosenbaum => Martinex
Michelle Yeoh => Aleta Ogord
Miley Cyrus => Mainframe  (voice) (uncredited)
Molly C. Quinn => Howard's Date (as Molly Quinn)
Nea Dune => Lovebot (uncredited)
Pom Klementieff => Mantis
Rob Zombie => Unseen Ravager
Sean Gunn => Kraglin / On-Set Rocket
Seth Green => Howard the Duck  (voice)
Stan Lee => Watcher Informant
Sylvester Stallone => Stakar Ogord
Vin Diesel => Baby Groot  (voice)
Ving Rhames => Charlie-27
Wyatt Oleff => Young Peter Quill
Zoe Saldana => Gamora

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • There was some fan speculation as to whether or not Baby Groot was a reborn version of the original and retained all of his original memories, as is the case in the comic books. James Gunn stated that Baby Groot does not have the original's memories, and is a different creature, meaning the original Groot did actually die in the first film.
  • Michael Rooker fell asleep when filming Yondu's eulogy scene.
  • Karen Gillan's make-up took two and a half hours to apply, down from five hours for the first film. Dave Bautista's Drax make-up took only ninety minutes to apply, down from four hours for the first film. However, he would have to sit in a sauna at the end of the day, to get the make-up off.
  • Prop Master [?] Russell Bobbitt had difficulty finding the cassette decks used in the first film, and all of the Sony Walkman headphones they found were broken. Bobbitt contacted Sony to see if they had any available for filming, which they did not, so he eventually created six from scratch.
  • According to Chris Pratt, the film's script helped him come to terms with the death of his father and helped his son come to terms with his father's job.
  • James Gunn choreographed and served as the motion-capture model for Groot's dance during the opening credits sequence. It took the visual effects team nearly two years to complete the CG rendering of the scene for the final film.
  • As Groot only communicates with the phrase, "I am Groot", in different inflections, James Gunn created a "Groot Version" of the script for him and Vin Diesel, which contains each of Groot's lines in English.
  • Bradley Cooper recorded his lines for Rocket while wearing a motion-capture headpiece in the recording studio, to perfectly synchronize Rocket's voice and facial expressions. In the first film Cooper only supplied the voice.
  • Director James Gunn revealed that he and Producer [?] Kevin Feige wanted David Bowie to appear in a cameo before his death on January 10, 2016.
  • According to James Gunn, the reason why Groot always freezes when Drax catches him dancing, is because he knows Drax disapproves of it. This is reinforced when Drax explains that he was attracted to his late wife, because she steadfastly did not dance.
  • Elizabeth Debicki was cast as Ayesha because of her six foot three inch (1.91 meters) height. During filming, she wore platform shoes to increase her height to six feet seven inches (2.01 meters).
  • After many rumors, Karen Gillan reprised her role as Nebula without shaving her head. In an interview for the film, Karen Gillan explained that Nebula "is a pretty angry woman, with some daddy issues and that, in the second movie, we're going to start to see how much pain her father actually caused her, and we're going to delve right into the relationship with her sister Gamora. I think we might even feel a tinge of sympathy towards her this time."
  • The idea of self-contained minds spontaneously appearing into existence is called "Boltzmann brains." This is a metaphysical conundrum raised by quantum mechanics, and concludes that in a universe that exists forever, you are more likely to be a "Bolzmann brain" hallucinating reality than a real being.
  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline, the film takes place in 2014, three months after Guardians of the Galaxy. It takes place a year after Thor: The Dark World, before or after Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and a year before Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ego arrived on Earth and began his relationship with Meredith Quill in 1980, which took place thirty-eight years after Captain America: The First Avenger, and thirty-two years before The Avengers.
  • According to James Gunn, Kurt Russell was de-aged for the film's opening flashback (set in the 1980s) by visual effects company Lola VFX, in what was a "long, painstaking process that took many, many months to accomplish." He continued, "I know Lola did Michael Douglas, and I think they did Tony Stark and Steve Rogers as well. They're the best at what they do, and keep getting better."
  • Gary Oldman, Viggo Mortensen, Christoph Waltz, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow, Alec Baldwin, Ron Perlman, Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Robert De Niro, Michael Biehn, Mel Gibson, and Liam Neeson were considered for the role of Ego. Matthew McConaughey was considered to play Ego, but passed on the role in favor of The Dark Tower.
  • Vin Diesel recorded Groot's voice for sixteen foreign-language releases of the film, up from six in the first film.
  • Chris Pratt said that he thought Michael Rooker has the best shirtless scene in the film, because he said Rooker's shirtless scene is actually about showing vulnerability and developing Yondu's character, you learn something about him in the moment, but his own scene was just to show off his body, and did not really add anything to Peter Quill.
  • Laura Haddock (Meredith Quill, Peter Quill's mother) also appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger as a fan of Captain America.
  • James Gunn clearly stated that this sequel would not set up Avengers: Infinity War. He also went on record in an interview that he wants to give Nebula her own spin-off movie.
  • James Gunn brought in fractal artist [?] Hal Tenny to help design Ego's planet form.
  • James Gunn previously said that Stan Lee's cameo in this film is one of the four Lee cameos filmed in one day. In addition to this film, Gunn directed two other cameos, one being Doctor Strange, and another one in which he did not specify.
  • [?] Olivia Jackson, the stunt woman for Nebula on the first movie, suffered traumatic brain injury, and a left arm injury, which led to an amputation, as well as multiple fractures to the left side of her face, which required reconstructive surgery. These injuries occurred when she struck a misplaced camera crane while performing a motorcycle stunt during filming for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Coincidentally, Nebula (in this movie and in Vol 1) has a prosthetic left arm and reconstructed left side of her face.
  • The Sovereign designs were based on 1930's art deco and 1950's science fiction.
  • According to James Gunn, he wanted John C. Reilly to reprise his role as Nova Corpsman Dey, but couldn't due to scheduling conflicts.
  • James Gunn cast Michelle Yeoh in the film as a tribute to 1990s Hong Kong films, of which he is a fan.
  • This is Michael Rosenbaum's first foray as a Marvel Comics character. He previously played several live action and animated DC Comics characters, including Lex Luthor on the television series [Smallville], as well as Wally West/the Flash in several animated television shows and movies.
  • James Gunn said in a Instagram post in August 2017, that [Farscape] was one of his all time favorite scifi shows. So when he ran into the show's star, Ben Browder, a couple of years ago at the Saturn Awards, he asked him if he'd make a cameo. He thankfully agreed and can be seen as the Sovereign Admiral with Ayesha.
  • Michael Rosenbaum (Martinex) had auditioned to play Star-Lord in the first movie.
  • Jeff Goldblum has a brief cameo as the Grandmaster. Both he and Chris Pratt have appeared in different films from the [Jurassic Park] franchise. Golblum appeared in Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Pratt starred in Jurassic World. Pratt and Golblum star in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
  • This is Zoe Saldana's sixth science fiction film.
  • When James Gunn was writing the script for the movie, and proposed the idea of Ego the Living Planet being Star-Lord's father, Marvel had told him that they did not have the rights to Ego, whose rights were with 20th Century Fox, because of his ties to the Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer franchises. Since Gunn did not have any other characters in mind for Star-Lord's father, he had to ask Fox if he could use the character. Fortunately, Fox agreed to let Marvel have Ego, in return for Fox having more creative freedom regarding Negasonic Teenage Warhead's set of superpowers in Deadpool.
  • Vin Diesel was able to pull Baby Groot's high pitched voice on his own. His performance required no digital alterations of any kind.