‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Review

Everyone’s favourite Marvel superheroes return to save the galaxy in another fun and action packed adventure. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ramps up the fun in this spectacular sequel, but does it surpass its predecessor?  

Vol. 2 picks up a few months after the events of the 2014 film, with the Guardians’ reputation now enshrined across the galaxy the group now act as ‘heroes for hire’. The film begins with the Guardians’ working for the Sovereign, a golden, genetically advanced race who has hired them to protect a battery-sized energy source. The team fights against a giant space octopus, with Baby Groot dancing to the fantastic Electric Light Orchestra’s Mr Blue Sky.

The mission soon goes south when Rocket steals the very things they were hired to protect, which leads the Guardian’s straight onto the Sovereigns most wanted list. Antics ensue with the Sovereign immediately chasing after the Guardians’ in a battle which inevitably leads them to Peter’s long-lost father, Ego, played by none other than Kurt Russell.

The films primary focus from this point on is the father son relationship, Peter, Gamora and Drax travel to Ego’s home planet, a paradise full of gorgeous vistas and spiralled architecture. Meanwhile, Baby Groot, Rocket Raccoon and Nebula are left the deal with the Ravager space pirates led by the blue skinned Yondu whose role in this film is far more important than the first Guardians’.

Director James Gunn continues to show off the old hits with features from Fleetwood Mac, Glen Campbell and even David Hasselhoff, plus a repeated use of Brandy by Looking Glass.

The film also gives us brief glimpses into the other Guardians’ origins. We hear briefly about Drax’s child, we learn more of the conflicted relationship of the sisters Gamora and Nebula (the daughters of Thanos) and we build a greater understanding of Rocket who discovers he has a lot in common with Yondu.

This film is almost as good as the first one. It’s a fantastic film and laugh out loud funny from start to finish and certainly doesn’t fall into the category of ‘disappointing sequels’. BUT the plot just seems somewhat lacking, we don’t see as much of this crazy galaxy as we did in the first, the Guardians’ literally go from A to B with the story revolving entirely around Peter and his father. This isn’t bad, it just holds it back somewhat from its superior predecessor.