Let’s start with one simple fact – there are very few Marvel movies I actually like. I’m definitely more of a DC Comics kind of girl. But if someone were to ask me what my favourite blockbuster superhero movie is? Then without a shadow of doubt, it’s got to be Guardians Of The Galaxy. GOTG has it all – great characters with big personalities, a purposeful story, thrilling fight scenes and, above all, the most phenomenal movie soundtrack of all time. Oh, but wait – VOL. 2 STEPS IT UP. BIG TIME. So if you thought it couldn’t get any better – IT JUST DID.
Vol. 2 picks up only a couple of months after where Vol. 1 left off – the team of Guardians – Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) have been hired by a golden alien queen named Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), ruler of her manufactured race known as the Sovereign, to defeat a monster wanting to steal their planet’s precious batteries in return for the capture of Nebula, Gamora’s estranged, villainous adopted cyborg sister. However, when Rocket decides to please himself by stealing the batteries anyway, he manages to put a target on the backs of the entire team as the Sovereign pursue them. After a crash-landing, an unknown spaceship approaches the Guardians and from out of the vessel comes a man named Ego (Kurt Russell) and his pet empath companion, Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Ego has been searching for Peter for a very, very long time… For Ego is Peter’s father.
However, this movie has a much bigger story than just a sweet family reunion. There’s a band of Ravagers led by Peter’s former adoptive guardian, Yondu (Michael Rooker), who have been hired by the Sovereign to capture the Guardians, alongside the violent yet idiotic usurper that is Taserface (Michael Sullivan). Then there’s the more personal character development… Rocket begins to feel the effect of being selfish and arrogant, Nebula has to put aside her tortured past with Thanos and jealousy of Gamora to survive, Yondu feels guilty about his past wrong-doings, and Peter has to realise who his true family is and where he belongs.
The humour of Vol. 2 far surpasses that of Vol. 1, and that any other Marvel movie, for that matter! I thought Dave Bautista in particular was the true standout performance, with Drax stealing the show… the first GOTG cemented the fact that Drax’s alien race take everything literal, but Vol. 2 fully showcases this character trait and raises the extent of laughter this provides the audience. Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Michael Sullivan and Michael Rooker also got some memorable one-liners throw in. Pom Klementieff did a brilliant job of portraying Mantis with an innocent, shy, child-like personality, and had some perfectly awkward scenes with Dave Bautista’s Drax, as both characters are oddballs from the opposite ends of the scale.
Story aside, GOTG Vol. 2 is a perfect marriage of a musical and visual masterpiece. The opening credits alone prove this, as Baby Groot dances merrily along to “Mr Blue Sky” by ELO in the midst of a full-on battle in the background. The soundtrack plays more of a role in this sequel than it did with the first, as shown in a scene where Ego and Peter discuss how “Brandy, You’re A Fine Girl” reminds Ego of Peter’s mother. The visual effects are absolutely breathtaking and the use of colour is so vividly explored in this movie, every battle is a spectacular show in which the fighting mechanics are creatively envisioned, staged alongside some fantastic tunes.
Ultimately, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is a tale of family, and, in my opinion, even more epic and memorable than the first. Have you seen Vol. 2? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!
Photos are official promo stills from Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.