Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
The Guardians of the Galaxy are back and better than ever with the excellent cast of the original returning to our screens. Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Baby Groot set of to save the galaxy once again with help from familiar and unfamiliar faces.
At the end of the first film we were teased with the Awesome mix volume 2 which would be the soundtrack to this film. A few days before seeing this film I managed to pick up a copy for myself and it doesn’t disappoint. Some songs will be pretty familiar to most of us but all of them are used brilliantly during key moments throughout the film.
One of the things I liked most about this film was that the audience gets to see a lot more of Yondu (Michael Rooker). We also get to find out more about the relationship between him and Star Lord (Peter Quill) and he also has some great scenes with Rocket (Bradley) cooper). However we must not forget his cool action scenes and his humour.
Zoe Saldana is back as Gamora, Dave Bautista is back as Drax and Vin Diesel is back as a baby Groot. It was funny to see everyone interacting with a baby groot who had a lot of comedic scenes throughout the film. Some of these moments did seem a little bit silly at times but there was a lot of genuine heart and humour in there as well.
Family and relationships were explored throughout this film. The adopted sisters Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Gamora had a lot to work out and the scenes between them also gave us a lot more information about them. This film also took a bit more time to explore the relationship between Gamora and Star Lord which was only hinted at in the first film.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 finally answers the question about Star Lord’s (Chris Pratt) lineage with the introduction of Ego the living planet played by Kurt Russell. There are a lot of great scenes of them talking and while most of it is expositional, there is some cool moments in there as well.
With so many new and returning characters there are bound to be a couple that don’t get as much screen time. Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Kraglin (Sean Gunn) and Ayesha all get a lot less to do than some of the others. Even Drax has less development this time around but then again he doesn’t really need as much as maybe Star Lord who is the main focus.
Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) is the leader of the Sovereign who are a kind of villain in this film. The Guardians have several interactions with them over the course of the film but mostly with their remotely piloted ships. The sovereign were there to mostly help push the story along and their after credit scene was interesting to watch.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 was a lot of fun to watch and it even had a lot of heart and emotion as well. Compared to the first it is a lot funnier and it has a greater focus on developing the characters. If you like the original film then I am sure that you are going to like volume 2.
Also make sure you stick around for the credits, there are five this time and while some might just be there for a laugh, there is also some pretty interesting things to see as well.