Adorable Baby Groot

Little bears are at the movies to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.

They’re back: Nebula (Karen Gillan), Yondu (Michael Rooker ), Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper and not in the photo).

Time to settle in the big chair… the movie is about to start!

The role of Baby Groot in the sequel has been kept under wraps before the movie premiere, because he steals the whole movie!

First and foremost, he’s adorable. The film kicks off like a party, with an opening credit sequence featuring Baby Groot shaking his adorably twiggy booty to Electric Light Orchestra’s Mr. Blue Sky on a boombox as Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax and Rocket do battle with an alien starbeast intent on attacking the Anulax batteries they have been hired to protect. The original Groot was the most physically imposing member of the team, but Baby Groot is the least intimidating. While Groot was Rocket’s protector in the original film, those roles have now largely been reversed. Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax and Rocket act as Baby Groot’s pseudo-parents, giving the “twig”, as he’s lovingly referred to, a chance to reacquaint himself with his oddball family. But even though Baby Groot is small and cute, don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security — he can still handle himself in a fight. Not to mention, dance!

Rocket and Baby Groot

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 is a lot of fun! It is visually dazzling, and a sharply ­choreographed and ravishingly designed comedic space opera. Much of the film’s humour has to do with stupidity resulting from efforts to look cool. And it was fantastic to see the film using explicit maths fails as an integral part of the humour. With a title slyly evoking the music-compilation aesthetic embodied by its 1970s-hit-heavy sound track, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 manages to re-create the formula of self-aware, snarky humour and unapologetic action that made the original 2014 film such a pleasing package of ear and eye candy, while at the same time avoiding the sophomore slump of sequels that risk audience fatigue by repeating rather than building on what worked the first time. The new film is more expansive, more beautiful, funnier, nuttier and — this is the most difficult trick for any comic-book movie to pull off — more touching than the first film.

And don’t worry, Baby Groot is off-screen more often than not. Director James Gunn doesn’t overuse his adorable new character. Baby Groot is a fully developed character. He has emotions and moments of failure. He’s funny, charming and full of flaws. And right now he’s the second cutest thing in the world (after the bears of course 🙂 ) and Disney is going to sell millions of Baby Groot related products. We want one!

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