Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Review: Marvel’s bickering band of galactic outlaws return in fun space ride sequel

Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan. Dave Bautista, Kurt Russell, Michael Rooker, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Chris Sullivan
Rating: 3/5

Without a doubt, Chris Pratt starrer Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the best movies in the year 2014. The cheeky humour, extravagant action packed sequences, entertaining characters made this superhero flick an unexpected blockbuster.

Now, bigger in every way than the surprise 2014 blockbuster, Marvel’s bickering band of galactic outlaws have returned to save the galaxy once again in the sequel titled Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. This sequel has some of the most amazing comic elements, gag lines, larger than life visual effects than the previous one.

Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) returns as the hunky, wise-cracking, light on his feet with his Walkman listening to the 1980s classics and saving the galaxy. This time around, the story is more about family as Star-Lord meets his father Ego (Kurt Russell) for the very first time after he found out he was a hybrid in the last film. Thereon, begins the story of his father trying to make up for the lost time with his son which the other guardians are not buying. Without giving too much away, the storyline also focuses on the rocky relationship between sisters Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan). While saving the galaxy, a new set of villains come into the picture that adds crazy adventure to the storyline. This forms an interesting storyline by focussing on Star Lord and Ego but not forgetting other characters in the film.

Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) have some of the funniest scenes which add more humour to this sequel. The relationship between the giant Drax (Dave Bautista) and petite Mantis (Pom Klementieff) is especially cute and definitely adds to the humour element. But, it is Baby Groot who is a scene stealer every time he comes on, as cuddly as possible. Yondu (Michael Rooker) has got problems of his own — his men think he’s gone soft but surprises everyone by the end of the film. The banter between Rocket and Star-Lord is a treat.

Vol 1 mixtape had some of the most amazing classics. Vol 2. does not disappoint including classics from the 1970’s, like Electric Light Orchestra’s ‘Mr. Blue Sky’, Looking Glass’ ‘Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)’, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’ and more. The end-credit references are made to other stories that could eventually be told and to other familiar faces.

Director James Gunn’s screenplay is quite entertaining as he takes on this sequel to a whole new level. The action sequences and visual effects are a visual treat in IMAX. The performances from the cast are on point with witty humour when needed. There are surprise elements which are unexpected.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has a truckload of action and laboured emphasis on friendship and family. It offers broad appeal with distinct tone to tell a story. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a summer blockbuster made for everyone who want to have a good time.

 

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