GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 | REVIEW

It’s bright, it’s crisp, it’s very colourful, it is filled with action, it sees our beloved larrikins return and you will love it. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 has taken a little while in the making, but less than all the other Marvel films and boy am I glad it is here. This would definitely be my favourite franchise in the and I cannot wait for VOL.3 and 4 and so on and on. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is out now in Australia from Marvel/ Disney. It is rated M and runs for 136mins. MAKE SURE YOU STAY THROUGH THE CREDITS – 5 credit scenes!!!!

 

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SO WHAT’S THIS ONE ALL ABOUT?

THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2 PLOT:

really sets the tone straight away in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2. We immediately open on the Guardians defending some batteries from a giant monster that is coming to eat them. The Guardians have been hired by the completely gold race, the Enclave, to defend the batteries with the payment being their prisoner, Nebula, Gamora’s sister. They are a strange and powerful race and any offence given to them usually results in death. The Guardians defend the batteries for Rocket to then steal a bunch of them and as they are leaving the planet are chased by the Enclave and nearly killed but are saved by a mysterious figure riding on top of a spaceship.

The Guardians crash on a nearby planet and the mysterious figure comes to meet them. He is claiming to be aka Star-Lord’s father. And as Rocket and Peter are fighting, the group splits. Gamora, Peter and Drax go off with Peter’s father and Rocket, and their prisoner, Nebula stay while Rocket repairs the ship. As things start appearing to not be as good as they appeared with Peter’s father Yondu and his idiot bandits have been hired by the Enclave to capture the Guardians.

Lots of colour, action, humour and character development ensure, heroes prevail, cue credits.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) image

 

THOUGHTS AND COMPARISONS:

First off, this is the sequel so the odds were never in its favour it would be better or as good as VOL 1. And it isn’t. One was original and the introduction to meet our heroes. In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 this has already happened and while not as good it is still amazing. This has less humour, less action and less evil in its bad guy/s but when it has action – HOLY SHIT it is epic! And while there is a lot of less in the movie there is a lot more heart and character study. And I love this. While this is the lesser second baby in the franchise it will grow on you to be a marvellous addition to the franchise family.

James Gunn has created a very bright, I mean fairy floss colourful bright, movie with VOL. 2. The poster for the movie is the colour palate, it is very 80s and very technicolour and it suits. It comes off much more like a comic layout than VOL. 1 and while I didn’t see it in 3D I highly recommend it. My second screening will be in the biggest and loudest 3D cinema I can find.

Point of happiness I have to mention: The intro mild reference and payout of STAR TREK. Two different planets introduced with their name and location and on Earth the younger father of Peter driving a vintage car – I cackled at this. Subtle and effective.

FAMILY:

One of the most impressive parts of this movie is the character development. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is all about family. It explores Peter’s family history and it embraces his new family. His new family is as important to all the other cast as it is to Peter and as such we see a much deeper look into Rocket, Gamora, Nebula, Yondu and to a lesser extent Drax and Baby Groot. The character evolution of Yondu is incredibly important in VOL. 2 and his chemistry and relationship with Rocket was a very touching part of the film. As usual Baby Groot steals the movie and that opening scene will go down in history as one of the best opening scenes of all time. I was crying with laughter.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Yondu and Rocket image

 

THE SOUNDTRACK:

OK – this is as good as the first and the musical elements are embraced wholeheartedly. I am playing my purchased copy on iTunes now while writing this. Here is the track-listing. The scene with Peter and Baby Groot listening to Cat Stevens’s Father and Son had me tearing up, all warm and fuzzy on the inside. A further reference to family.

ELO – ‘Mr. Blue Sky’
Sweet – ‘Fox on the Run’
Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah – ‘Lake Shore Drive’
Fleetwood Mac – ‘The Chain’
Sam Cooke – ‘Bring it On Home to Me’
Glen Campbell – ‘Southern Nights’
George Harrison – ‘My Sweet Lord’
Looking Glass – ‘Brandy You’re a Fine Girl’
Jay and the Americans – ‘Come a Little Bit Closer’
Silver – ‘Wham Bang Shang-A-Lang’
Cheap Trick – ‘Surrender’
Yusuf / Cat Stevens – ‘Father and Son’
Parliament – ‘Flashlight’
The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff – ‘Guardians Inferno’

THAT CAST THOUGH:

The cast is as brilliant as VOL. 1 and the new additions fit in nicely. Pratt and his abs are just perfection in casting, I could never imagine anyone else as Peter/ Star-Lord. But interestingly enough he shares the screen a lot more in this and is more an element of the crew as opposed to the lead. Gomora and her sister Nebula are a great combination in this and Drax and his new companion, Mantis (Pom Klementieff) are one of the funniest parts of this movie. Bautista has some of the most hysterical lines in VOL. 2 that had the cinema in hysterics. Cooper and Diesel nail their voice parts and one of the strengths of this movie was the study of Rocket and how he fits into the family.

is a great actor but he always plays an asshole. This is the first time I have actually had strong empathy for him and enjoyed seeing him come into his own as a hero instead of a villain. And finally – I love this man and he can do no wrong for me but he is outshone by the rest of the cast in this.

And get ready for quite a few surprising and enjoyable cameos that will make you happy!

 

The Guardians of the Galaxy image

 

IN CONCLUSION:

It is no VOL. 1 and has a lot less than the preceding marvel but GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is one of the better sequels in moviedom. While it has less comedy and action it does have a lot more heart and character development. And when this movie does action it does it on a grand scale with more colour than a unicorn rainbow acid inducing shindig. The balance of both action and character was splendid and story was never overtaken by pomp and explosion. It might not be as good as VOL. 1 but when 3 and 4 and more are released I can see this being an incredibly important part of the franchise arc. I will be buying it on 3D Blu Ray and that says it all. Oh and final reminder – STAY THROUGH THE CREDITS – 5X SCENES!!

 

 

 

YOUR CRITIC:

 owns, writes and edits Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association and has been in the  industry for 26yrs. Furthermore he loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan.  ** Images used are courtesy of various sources on Google or direct from the distributor or publisher. Credit has been given to photographers where known – images will be removed on request.