Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan
3 years after they first banded together to save the Galaxy; Star Lord, Gamora, Drax and Rocket are all back with a smaller, cuter and wittier version of everybody’s favourite tree, Baby Groot!
This time our Guardians are running from an alien race called The Sovereign (only after them because Rocket has an affinity for batteries apparently), lead by the ruthless Priestess Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) when they are saved by a mysterious man named Ego (Kurt Russell). But when he claims to be Peter’s long-lost Father, will our swaggering saviours be pulled into something much bigger than they could ever imagine…maybe even ‘God-like’ ?
Guardians 2 brought much more heart to the characters than the first film, whilst still keeping that core ‘Guardians’ feel to the story. We were treated to the perfect combination of action, emotion and humour. One minute they’re fighting a giant inter-galactic space monster, the next we’re finding out the truth about Peter’s Mother’s illness. When I say that this film takes you on a real ’emotional rollercoaster’, I really mean it.
We get to experience much more of the inner personality behind each of the Guardians. Quill (Pratt) finding his father, exploring Gamora (Saldana) and Nebula’s (Gillan) relationship and getting to know more about Drax’s (Bautista) backstory. But what really got to me was Rocket’s (Cooper) arc. The classic jokester of the group, Rocket can be perceived as the ‘annoying little brother’ at times; constantly getting on Peter’s nerves, being the root of all grief by constantly meddling where he doesn’t need to. But this film really showed the heart hidden under all that fur. Some of the best scenes were those between Rocket and Yondu (Michael Rooker). The two bonding over being the ‘outsiders’, not knowing where they really fit in to their misunderstood families. We’re convinced that Yondu is this ruthless pirate that we see in the first film. But Guardians 2 digs more into the soul behind the blue-skinned man who raised our very own Star Lord. This film is more Yondu’s story than anyone’s. I don’t want to say much more, so as not to ruin the emotional impact of it.
The opening sequence provides everything that could sum up the Guardians of the Galaxy in one scene. I won’t spoil what happens but will just say this; a 5 minute continuous shot that makes you want to jump out of your seat and dance up the aisle! Full of the same witty banter between the Guardians, awesome toe-tapping music and death-defying heroics (see Drax jumping into the beasts mouth) that we came to know and love from the first film.
I can’t write a review without dedicating an entire paragraph to the main man of the show; Baby Groot! Since he was first revealed at the end of the first film, promotion for the sequel heavily relied on the use of Baby Groot’s adorable facial expressions and iconic catchphrase ‘I am Groot!’ to draw its audience. They’ve managed to use him to their advantage incredibly effectively without completely overdoing it. He provides so many moments of comedic respite, whilst also being involved during many of the upsetting scenes. On many occasions I found I was asking myself, “Am I seriously crying at a tree?!”. Who am I kidding…HE’S SO ADORABLE!
If the ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 1’ was…well ‘awesome’, then ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 2’ is just insane! Gripping from the very beginning (myself and the guy sat next to me had a dance off during the opening scene to ELO’s ‘Mr Blue Sky’) it had me foot-tapping for 136 minutes. I knew the soundtrack was going to be right up my alley during promotion, when they used Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’ during the official trailers. But what I didn’t know is that it would introduce me to some epic tracks including ‘Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)’ and
Note: Just like any other film in the Marvel Universe, the end credits are important. Make sure to stay to the very, VERY end of this one, as there are not one, not two, or three…but FIVE post-credit stings.