James Gunn directs Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2, following on from the events of the first film, the Guardians are now an expanded team with Nebula and Yondu joining the fray, they go about taking on missions as mercenaries for hire, now going on an adventure with Star Lord as he comes to find out the truth about his father. The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell,Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Elizabeth Debicki.
The Guardians are back, big, brash and crude as ever and boy have we missed them, we follow the gang just a few months after the events of the first film, with them now being well known as a force for good, the characters and chemistry you remember is back and the dynamic between the characters makes for about half of the film, Drax with his dry sense of humour, Rockets’ crudeness, Gamoras conciseness, Star Lords playfulness and (Baby) Groots’ cuteness. The appeal is all there and it’s no surprise the film has done well and now with an expanded team of sorts with Nebula (Karen Gillan) on board, things feel a bit bigger in scope, straight away you can see the cast is enjoying themselves playing these characters and they’ve really grown into them, they all bounce each other well and make for a great dysfunctional family returning for another ride.
The acting is once gain solid for a Guardians film with characters filling in their specific role but upping the emotional ante as it were, when needed and in fact, Vol 2 is quite surprisingly emotional with some pretty hard hitting moments that build more depth for some of the Guardians, said moments may feel a bit cliché and predictable but the heart of the scenes is present and well, it works, giving extra dimensions to characters that you may not expect any depth from. The film is brimming with style, mainly aesthetically with James Gunn experimenting with a range of colours, use of viewpoints and so on, this is easily Marvels most colourful and vibrant looking film, which is a welcome change from some of its other films and this goes hand in hand with the stellar side to the story, with interplanetary travel and space battles, which are great to watch. And speaking of style, the writing is brilliant, the humour is dialled up in one of Marvels most joke heavy films, with a lot of back and forths but also a lot of genuinely funny jokes that work, though not everything is fun and games as we do get more emotional and heavy moments for levity and one again Marvel manages to balance light and dark just about right to create an entertaining picture.
If there is a criticism of Vol 2, it’s that it’s a bit meandering and the story isn’t quite as concise as as the first Guardians, though that being said, the plot is still engaging from the get go and manages to keep your interest, people may also bemoan the amount of jokes as it may take away from any drama but I think it was well balanced. I also give Vol 2 credit for further exploring other themes like dysfunctional relationships and without going into spoilers, the film goes to surprising and deep cutting places. Ultimately Guardians Vol 2 is another great romp in the MCU with characters we know and love, the humour may be laid on a bit too thick for some and while the plot is arguably not as great as the first outing, it’s still an enjoyable ride with a lot to offer, not Marvels best but still quality entertainment.
. Engaging story with interesting twists
. Great aesthetic appeal, full of style
. Characters are explored in more depth