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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: A Review


When Guardians of the Galaxy was released in 2014 for me it came out of nowhere, I'd never heard of the Guardians before and rightly so I was blown away. It has become one of my favourite Marvel films and my kids love it too so when we went to see the sequel we had high hopes. I'm pleased to report that Volume 2 lived up to those high hopes. Marvel seems to be able to do no wrong recently as everything they've done in the last few years has been great.

My only criticism is the central plot is pretty generic, Peter Quill/Star-Lord is reunited with his long lost father who turns out to be a psychopathic living planet who wants to destroy all life in the universe. How many times have we seen that old scenario?

A few of the sub plots are old hat too. Star-Lord and Gamora have a 'will they/won't they' unspoken thing between them that he keeps making references to Cheers about. These references go over Gamora's head (much like they did a lot of the audience I was watching with). Gamora and Nebula also have a classic feuding sisters plot. Also Rocket and Yondu are both douche bags screaming at the world who realise they're only angry so they don't get hurt if they let someone get close to them.

But didn't I say I loved it? So what was so good about it? Well, for one the cast are all great. All the main guys are back and the addition of Kurt Russel as Star-Lords dad Ego and Pom Klementieff as Mantis bring new interesting characters. The scenes between Star-Lord and Ego are great, Star-lord is a little doe eyed at finally meeting his dad and learning is true heritage and Kurt Russel is perfect as Star-Lord's dad. The opening scene involves some incredible CGI to make Kurt Russel look like he's in in twenties, this type of CGI has been used before in films like TRON Legacy and Ant-Man but never has it ben quite so convincing. Another great duo is Drax and Mantis. Mantis being so naive to think everyone is nice and Drax having no internal filter between what he thinks and what he says make hilarious viewing. Rocket is great again this time nicking some batteries from some gold dudes who then decide to pursue the Guardians throughout the film. A few great space battles take place with the gold dudes using drone type space ships piloted from their planet in a sort of gamer/VR type set up. There are a few good cameos too, some I wasn't expecting as well as the obligatory Stan Lee Cameo.

But the real star is Baby Groot, He steals every scene he is in. One of the early scenes is almost entirely Groot having a good time dancing to Mr Blue Sky while the rest of the Guardians are facing near death. Speaking of Mr Blue Sky by ELO, as with the original film the soundtrack for Volume 2 is amazing. A few classics and a lot of forgotten gems means your foot is tapping most of the way through the film.

On a final note I have to mention the post credit scenes. Most Marvel movies have a post credit scene, some have two. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has FIVE post credit scenes. I think along with an age rating each film must now come with a post credit scene count so you know in advance how long you have to wait through the credits for all of the scenes.

Well, that's all for now

I am Groot




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  1. We've been obsessively listening to both soundtracks and I think we're going to go see it again!

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