Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Kurt Russell
Plot: Shortly after the events of the first film, when the now renowned Guardians embark on a mission for The aloof Sovereign race, they are unwittingly set on a collision course with Quill’s past.
Back in 2014, I, like many of you, sat in a cinema and experienced for the first time the utter joy that was Guardians Of The Galaxy. It’s warmth, humour, excellent cast and kick-ass soundtrack won over cinema goers, myself included. As the end credits rolled and it was announced the guardians would return, we all waited with baited breath for that day to come. Finally, it’s here. From the off Guardians Vol2 has you in the palm of its hand with an opening sequence to rival, nay, eclipse the ‘Come And Get Your Love’ sequence from the first movie. A big dumb grin is plastered over my face, the guardians are back!
It’s a fairly standard formula for sequels and to borrow a parlance from Spinal Tap, Guardians Vol2 is ‘One Louder’. There is more spectacle, more humour, a bigger premise to its story and importantly to improve this movies chance of success in the box office, more fervent expectation for it arrival. I am very happy to say that for the most part Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol2 is excellent. The story is engaging and carries its core premise along to a satisfying and very emotional conclusion. The film is predictably stolen yet again by Dave Bautista’s Drax who provides a great deal of the films innumerable laugh out loud moments and delivers some lines that are destined to be quoted by fan boys for years to come. Another consistent high point in Guardians comes from Groot, or Baby Groot to be more precise this time round. He is adorable, charming and as is the case with Bautista’s Drax, provides many of the films stand out comedic moments. Marvel are going to clean up with merchandising for this lil fella.
As with the first Guardians, its soundtrack plays a prominent role and is once again ridiculously strong. From the note perfect use of ELO’s Mr Blue Sky to the poignant implementation of Cat Stevens Father & Son, Guardians Vol2 reminds us of the importance of a strong soundtrack, its as integral a part as any other that makes Vol2 as great as it is. Add to this some gorgeously jaw dropping visual effects and wonderfully executed set pieces that demand this film be viewed in IMAX to fully enjoy its explosive presentation, it is most certainly another film that effectively employs the medium to it’s full effect.
Guardians Of The Galaxy was always going to be a tough act to follow. It rests at the top of many people’s favourite Marvel movie list, mine included, Vol2 was always going to have an upward battle on its hands to even hold a candle to the perfection of the original film. Vol2 carries on the story of these rag-tag a-holes admirably. It’s not perfect, it’s not quite as good as the original but it is still a massively enjoyable movie that more than deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as its predecessor. The Guardians will return and if the standards can be kept as high as they have for Vol2, it’s going to be a hell of a ride.