Review: Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017)

Fig.1 Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017) Movie Poster

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017) is the sequel to the 2014 original, which proved to be a massive hit among both fans and critics alike, and is once again directed by James Gunn. This film, therefore, has a lot of hype around it based on that first film, so does it exceed our expectations or does it disappoint?

Fig. 2 Star-Lord (Played by Chris Pratt) and Ego (Played by Kurt Russell)

Where the film succeeds most is through it's exploration of family relationships, not just between Star-Lord and his father, Ego (see fig.2), which is the main focus of the film, but it also looks at the broken bond between the sisters of Gamora (Played by Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Played by Karen Gillian) and the connectivity of the Guardians overall. It does put into the question what it truly means to be a Father, and demonstrates a difference between what it means to be the biological father and the one who raises you. Unlike the first, there is a bit more conflict between the characters, so this allows us to see an alternate side to them and understand their true beliefs. It looks the bond between a "family" in a smart way in which it is easy to relate with and it makes it easy for us to understand a specific characters' feelings.

Fig.3 Rocket and Groot

One of the many things that made the 2014 film such a big success was it's humour and soundtrack, and while this new film incoroporates both it feels, almost, unneccessary at times. There are certain scenes in the film where the comedy is going on for too long and so it loses it's impact, and some scenes are building up just for one punch line - having said that though, there is still plenty to laugh at and enjoy. This soundtrack does feature some true classics like "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac, but the songs aren't intergrated within the story as well as they were in the first film. In one such scene, Rocket calls for some music to be played, and it seems a bit illogical and it makes it seem like it was done purely to make a scene more enjoyable, which it admittedly does.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is often criticised for it's Villains - so, does Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 feature a great Villain? No - well not for the first two acts, at most. For the majority of it's run time, it's quite unclear who/what the primary threat is and what the "mission" is for the Guardians . There are, however, a couple of emotional moments which makes us root for the group to save the day, but, unfortunately, it doesn't feel "new" and is something that we've seen in a lot of Superhero films - not just the MCU.

Fig.4 The Guardians of the Galaxy

If you loved Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) you will definitely enjoy this film. There are some fantastic scenes and bits of dialogue between the main characters, especially by Drax (Played by Dave Bautista) who provides the most comedy and so is the stand-out character here. You will leave the cinema wanting to listen to some of it's songs again and will still want some of the merchandise, but it is a shame to admit that this is still a slight step down in quality from the first.

Illustration List:
Fig.1 Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017) Movie Poster - https://media0dk-a.akamaihd.net/56/44/9309ee7890499a5b4d7d825f02dbe80e.jpg - (Accessed 28/04/2017)

Fig. 2 Star-Lord (Played by Chris Pratt) and Ego (Played by Kurt Russell) - http://imglf.nosdn.127.net/img/eFQvTGszQnVlQjQzb2R0bXR6UHNITzBqdDdnQXp2SmhEZG5DOWZnNFArbWNpOTBkNFgvNmN3PT0.jpg?imageView&thumbnail=1680x0&quality=96&stripmeta=0&type=jpg - (Accessed 28/04/2017)

Fig.3 Rocket and Groot - https://m0vie.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/guardiansofthegalaxy2p.jpg - (Accessed 28/04/2017)

Fig.4 The Guardians of the Galaxy - https://i1.wp.com/www.uclufilm.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Strazhi-Galaktiki_Chast-2_movie-stills_24.jpg?fit=2155%2C1136&resize=400px%2C - (Accessed 28/04/2017)

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