Ready to see the newest Marvel sequel? Check out this full Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review | Safe for Kids? to see if you should take your children to see this movie this summer. Post sponsored by Disney. All galactic opinions are my own.
Ready to begin summer movie season with a BLAST? Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5th, and I have your complete and non-spoiler movie review for parents. Is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 safe for kids to see? What about that PG-13 rating? How does the sequel compare to the original? Hold onto your Baby Groot, it’s going to be an epic ride!
CG-heavy but cool, really cool. That’s how I’d describe the visuals. The whole movie is set out of space, I mean what did you expect? But Marvel certainly stepped up their game – beautiful colors, planets, action sequences…and I even appreciated their more subtle CGI features as well (you’ll see). A highly visual sci-fi film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 equals if not surpasses Guardians 1 in the looks department. Kids will certainly make a good “WOW” face. Points for mom.
***Update: Just saw the movie again in 3D this time. WOW!!! Sci-Fi special effects get a huge thumbs up for me. The graphics are really incredible in 3D and you get a better appreciation for the planet terrain, action sequences and colors. I definitely recommend.
The Storyline…for a Sequel?
I’m putting it on paper (well, rhetorical paper). I loved this movie more than the first movie. I repeat, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is BETTER than Vol. 1. Ok, except the music. I loved the music of the first movie more (but that didn’t keep me from singing and dancing). But what’s the selling point of this sequel? The story. I laughed, hard. I cried, harder. I had all of the feels. Yes, you need to stay until the very last moment of the movie – after all of the credits. In Marvel style, there’s a few end credit spoilers you won’t want to miss.
I promised no spoilers. But obviously, Kurt Russell plays Ego The Living Planet, aka Star-Lord’s dad in the movie. A few Guardians and Peter Quill go off to find out more about Dear Old Dad while Rocket, Groot and a few others end up somewhere else. The family (aka the team) is broken apart as they try to figure out their dynamic and the ultimate question of whether they will stay together and “be loved.” James Gunn‘s words, not mine. And even better – the characters you love to hate from the first movie find some redemption – some hope. My fave character this movie? Hands down, Yondu. Second favorite? Groot, always Groot. Add an amazing soundtrack (not as a good as Vol. 1 in my opinion, but still pretty darn amazing), and you have a movie that gives you all the feels. And yes, I know it’s a sequel. Sequels are supposed to stink. But as a mom and an emotional mess – this is our movie.
That PG-13 Rating – Safe for Kids?
Ok, parents – here’s the deal. That PG-13 rating is going to be a big deal when considering to bring your kids. The plot stays pretty true to the original Guardians movie – no overt sexual business, lots of sci-fi action that does involve killing of aliens and intense action sequences. That part doesn’t bother me at all. The Swearing however – there’s a WHOLE lot more of it. Like sailors, from basically the whole cast. I pretty much heard the rainbow of words (minus the F-word), to the point where it almost became a distraction from the storyline. Emphasis on ALMOST.Then there’s the “birds & the bees” conversation that you may or may not want to have with your kids right now. If you’re totally ok with your kids watching a film filled with curse words and possible how to make babies conversation, then this should be no problem. But I will be waiting to take my 8-year old son and 4-year old daughter to see this one…like maybe a decade.
But for teens (mature tweens) and adults, this is a great kick-off to summer movie season. There’s a complete mix of fun, laughs and A LOT of emotions all thrown into one epic saga – perfect for the tweens to adults age. Though a sequel, don’t be fooled. It’s Guardians through and through – but even awesome-er.
Let’s talk about those negative reviews out there too. There’s so many critics that are hating on this movie. Go in with an open mind. Of course, it’s not going to be surprisingly amazing – it’s the same characters, still set in space. It’s a fun kick-off to summer type movie. There’s a bunch of hilarious one-liners, weird moments and emotional tugs – it’s just a good ole movie. So ignore the negative and just enjoy the movie for what it should be – a good movie.
Catch Up on Exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy Interviews
Be on the lookout in the next couple of weeks as we reveal even more behind-the-scenes of the newest Marvel film with exclusive interviews and more. And if you’ve missed the ride on the past 2 Guardians press trips, now is the time to catch up. Go on-set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and more:
- 50 Things I Learned On Set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Chris Pratt Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Zoe Saldana Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Dave Bautista Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Michael Rooker Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Karen Gillan Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Kurt Russell Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 James Gunn Interview
And if you haven’t checked out my first ever press trip for Guardians of the Galaxy, get all of the exclusive interviews here:
- Vin Diesel Interview for Guardians of the Galaxy HERE
- My First Chris Pratt Interview for Guardians of the Galaxy HERE
- My First Zoe Saldana Interview for Guardians of the Galaxy HERE
- My First Dave Bautista Interview for Guardians of the Galaxy HERE
- My First Director James Gunn Interview for Guardians of the Galaxy HERE
Will you be seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Are you thinking about bringing your kids?
I was invited to attend an all-inclusive press trip, sponsored by Disney. Be sure to follow Raising Whasians via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube for more Disney insider information, movie updates and entertainment!