The second film in the Guardians of the Galaxy series and the 15th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a treat to behold, full of great humour, huge action and an awesome soundtrack.
This film follows the now fully formed Guardians of the Galaxy in the next leg of their adventures, working as hired mercenaries and on the run from ‘The Sovereign’, a civilisation of genetically-created super-aliens, who have an endless supply of gold body-paint. Their escape leads them to Ego: The Living Planet (Kurt Russell), who claims to be Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) father.
After the huge success of 2014’s first Guardians of the Galaxy, the massive weight of expectation placed on Vol.2 could have proved fatal for the film and its Director, James Gunn. Thankfully, the huge expectations placed on this film have not only been met but in many instances, exceeded.
The first film played highly on the use of humour and a great soundtrack to stand out from the crowd and lacked slightly on the action front. What’s evident is that the same can be said for the second instalment. The humour throughout the film hits a lot of the right notes as did the fantastic soundtrack, with songs like ELO’s ‘Mr Blue Sky’, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’ and George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’ all sounding incredible as ever and fitting very well with the narrative of the film.
The trouble with a film that has an ensemble cast such as Guardians of the Galaxy or The Avengers is that it can be difficult to find time to include everyone and give them all enough satisfying screen-time. This is somewhere the film falters ever so slightly, you just don’t get enough time with each character to form any sort of bond with them, although each of them do get a brief moment to shine, leading to some truly bad-ass moments.
This is most evident for Baby Groot (Vin Diesel), who is given some of the best moments of the film, right from the first scene, in which he absolutely shines. Another character who steals the limelight in Vol.2 is Yondu (Michael Rooker), whose character is explored much more deeply than in the first film and it really does pay-off as he becomes one of the stars of this film and pushes it to new heights, with Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, and Rocket all filling the same roles they had in the first film.
The biggest let-down in this film is the CGI-heavy action in the third-act which does take away from the overall experience and after Logan, a film that benefited hugely from a lack of CGI it shows that you don’t need a huge amount of special effects to make a great film if the characters and story are good enough.
Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is a superb second instalment to the series and does push the boat out in terms of its humour and soundtrack but does lack somewhat when it come to the action which can be said for a lot of Marvel’s Superhero films at this point. Its certainly a fun film that’s worth seeing.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 was released in the UK on April 28, 2017.
Marvel’s craze to give audiences little teasers and clips after the credits is getting a bit ridiculous now, even I’m doing it!!
I believe I counted five extra scenes that followed the ending of the film and although these little snippets are a bit of fun and offer little insights of what’s to come in the MCU, the sheer number of them is just getting over the top now!