When we announced our 10 to see in 2017 we considered a wealth of comic book films, but one was a must see for us and it was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
We loved the Guardians first adventure and with all the main cast returning and writer/director James Gunn, we had high hopes even though sequels often don’t bring back the magic.
The film wins you over in the first seconds, with the bickering guardians getting ready to fight a giant space octopus type creature to save some batteries for the Sovereign race led by Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki)
As the opening battle begins, it moves to the background, and baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) takes centre stage to dance to ELO’s Mr. Blue Sky as we get to see the opening titles.
Once the battle ends, the Guardians leave the planet having claimed their reward, which is the return of Nebula (Karen Gillan) but then they find themselves under attack from the Sovereigns. We learn it’s because Rocket Racoon (again voiced by Bradley Cooper) has stolen those precious batteries, that they were meant to protect.
Peter ‘Star-Lord’ Quill (Chris Pratt); Gamora (Zoe Saldana); Drax (Dave Bautista) and Nebula appear to be doomed as they are outnumbered and under heavy attack, they are saved by a mystery spaceship and its pilot, who follows them to the planet they crash land on.
The pilot reveals himself to be Ego (Kurt Russell) who reveals himself to be Peter’s long lost father.
What follows is a storyline that will see the end of the universe unless the guardians can save the galaxy a second time.
The film has lots of other great storylines, Rocket must learn to be more humble, Gamora and Nebula sort out issues and try to become stronger sisters; Groot is starting to grow and Drax even finds a new friend in Mantis (Pom Klementieff)
But by far our best storyline is the return of the ravagers, led by Yondu (Michael Rooker) who whilst being out to collect a bounty on the Guardians, but also seems to out protect Peter, who he has been a father figure to most of his life.
Yondu storyline sees him face a mutiny from Taserface (Chris Sullivan) and the struggles with his number 2, Kraglin (Sean Gunn) and eventually teaming up with Rocket and Groot to help in their biggest battle yet.
I don’t want to give too much away because this will easily be in our top 10 of the year, whilst not bettering the first one, it is certainly on a par with it.
It is certainly funnier and whereas the first film is maybe best known for making its break out star Chris Pratt, this film is about the others! Drax is great fun, Rocket still remains our favourite but Baby Groot will leave you with a huge smile on your face every time you see him.
Be sure to stay to the very end of the film, as this has 5 scenes within the credits and all are worth seeing, the credits are easy to watch as we see the guardians dancing over them to a bizarre song which features David Hasselhoff. The film does again, however, have an awesome soundtrack full of classic songs.
So stop reading this and go and book your tickets now, if you loved the first one, you’ll love this. Bring on Vol.3
Watch the trailer here at the Marvel website:
Read our review of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1 here
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