Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy. The film is a sequel to the 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy and is once again written and directed by James Gunn with an ensemble cast featuring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel & Bradley Cooper.
The film begins with the Guardians in the middle of a mission as they have been hired by Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), leader of the Sovereign race, to protect valuable batteries from an inter-dimensional monster in exchange for Gamora’s (Zoe Saldana) estranged sister Nebula (Karen Gillian).
When Rocket (Bradley Cooper) steals some of the batteries for himself they are on the verge of being destroyed by the Sovereigns’ drone fleet when they are rescued by a mysterious figure called Ego (Kurt Russell) who claims to be Peter’s (Chris Pratt) long-lost father.
Peter, Gamora and Drax (Dave Bautista) agree to accompany Ego and his empath servant, Mantis (Pom Klementieff) to Ego’s planet whilst Rocket and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) remain behind to repair their badly damaged ship.
Unfortunately for the Guardians more trouble looms as the Sovereigns hire Peter’s old boss Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his gang of Ravagers to hunt down and capture them.
Director James Gunn sticks to the formula that worked so well in the first movie and quickly establishes the fun dynamics between the core Guardians team (Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot). The banter and jokes throughout the film will be familiar to fans but there are still plenty of new funny and touching moments to enjoy.
Visually Guardians Vol. 2 has stepped up a notch from the first film with sequences and set pieces being more sophisticated in design and Ego’s planet being particularly impressive with gorgeous psychedelic colours and the perfect use of CGI to bring it to life.
The storyline serves to resolve the “family issues” that Star-Lord, Gamora and Nebula all had in the first film setting the scene for them to have more interesting character development in future films. This allows more screen time for Yondu and Nebula with Yondu in particular evolving into a standout supporting character and is surprisingly the cause of the film’s most touching moments.
Of the new characters added in Vol. 2 the awkward but charming Mantis is the biggest standout whose interactions with Drax provide some of the film’s funniest scenes. In order to introduce new characters, locations and aliens this does mean that for most of the film Rocket and Baby Groot are split from the rest of the Guardians meaning the film loses some of the great team dynamic that worked so well in the first film.
Rocket and Groot are still very entertaining though with Baby Groot stealing every scene he appears in and fans will love the opening credits which include him dancing to an “Awesome Mix” song.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 provides the same non-stop comedy, action and great soundtrack that audiences will expect and helps to bridge the gap between the first film and the Guardians next outing in Avengers: Infinity War. As with all Marvel films don’t stop watching until the end credits of the film are completely finished!