Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – review

The sequel to the Marvel not so super superheroes in space movie from 2014. The guardians are back, they still love music, they still bicker and they still make plenty of jokes. The only this time round everybody has got daddy issues.

The obvious question first, is gotg2 as good as the first movie? Well no. The element of unexpected, off-beat fun we got from the first just isn’t there but that isn’t to say it isn’t a boat load of fun. Rocket is still my favourite and Drax gets the most laughs. It is still very funny and full of sci-fi action but we are now anticipating the steady stream of jokes and the soundtrack, it doesn’t quiet feel the same.

The music used this time round didn’t feel as organic, as natural as before, it felt a little bit forced, like the music in Suicide Squad. (You want more cool 70s music, well here is a reason to have it on loudspeaker). But the gang is back and Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon are still more fun to be around than Starlord and Gamora. So wisely we get additional characters, outside of the core group to make the story a bit more interesting.

Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 has more of an emotional kick than what you would expect, but rather than the Chris Pratt/Kurt Russell  scenes, it is the Rocket Raccoon and Yondu (Michael Rooker)scenes, yes the trash panda and the blue guy, that carry the emotional heavy lifting. I think that Chris Pratt is at his acting limit to be honest. But Rooker really sells it, and possibly steals the film.

Despite there being 5 post/during credit scenes, not a single one was to aid the set-up of Avengers Infinity War, which will be the Guardians next cinematic appearance, nor was it referenced in the film, which struck me as being unusual and a little short sighted for Marvel continuity.

Yes Baby Groot is the cutest little thing you have ever seen, the opening scene of him dancing and avoiding trouble while the rest of the gang fight a huge monster in the background is a lot of fun, and reminds me of ‘The Zeppo’ episode of Buffy a lot.

There is no doubt that if you enjoyed the first movie you will certainly enjoy volume 2, it is a lot of fun and a good addition to the Marvel back catalogue, even if it doesn’t quiet match the heights of the first, it still has all the charm.