MOVIE REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

The second outing of The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise sees Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) meet his mysterious father, Ego (Kurt Russell). Having searched for his father his whole life, Peter is fascinated to find out that he possesses god-like genes and keen to find the love that he feels he never had but it soon becomes apparent that Ego might not be quite what he seems.

In the meantime the gang is on the run from some gold dudes, whose batteries, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) has stolen for shits and giggles, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) has rescued Nebula (Karen Gillan) who only wants to kill her and Peter wants to explore the “unspoken thing” between them.

Essentially this is a film about family and what being a family truly means. In that way it is both completely unoriginal and completely identifiable. With this kind of film that’s probably a good thing. If you can keep your concepts fairly simple and sincere you can focus on banter, fight scenes and explosions, all of which Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has in spades.

Groot

I am Groot!

I loved the addition of the childlike Mantis (Pom Klementieff ) and her interactions with Drax (Dave Bautista) were absolutely hilarious. Chris Pratt continues to charm as Peter, although I don’t really buy the chemistry between him an Zoe Saldana. I assume that the love story between them is from the original comics but it seems extraneous. Seeing Rocket bond with Yondu (Michael Rooker) and finding out more about Yondu’s past was great. Michael Rooker is so perfect for that role. More than anything though I loved Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). He steals every single scene he is in. I am not sure if it was because a lot of this “logic” and behaviour reminded me of Little O but I just found him so cute. Having the adult Guardians take care of him also help show their softer side.

Overall this is really fun, funny film and for me easily as good as the first one. I laughed out loud several times and if you’re looking for a way to spend a couple of hours you could do a lot worse.

3.5/5

3 Comments

  1. I haven’t seen the first one, and doubt I will be seeing this one either. But I am glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for a nicely balanced review.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. It was a fun way to spend an evening for sure!

  2. I really enjoyed the first one, which was unexpected, and we were excited to see this. However, we struggled through the first hour and then turned it off, and we haven’t gone back, though I keep thinking I should just finish it. Maybe one of these days I try it out again, maybe I feel different. I am glad to see that you had fun with it!

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