Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is full of space fun

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 June 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

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After the incredible success of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie in 2014, writer/director James Gunn returns for this sequel to continue the story of Marvel’s most disfunctional team of super heroes.

This time the plot is not as broad and galaxy spanning as the original and focuses on a much more personal story.

Having saved the day in the last film, our main protagonists are now acting as a sort of intergalactic A-Team, earning a living by taking on dangerous missions for money.

When a mysterious Alien played by the evergreen Kurt Russell appears and claims to be the father of Chris Pratt’s character Star Lord, the team must go on a journey to uncover the secret behind their leader’s true parentage.

It is not the plot, however, but the characters and their interactions that drive this movie.

Chris Pratt has become a charismatic lead with impeccable comic timing and Dave Bautista’s tactless Drax makes for some of the funniest moments in a film that is full of them.

The humour flows so effortlessly in fact that it’s almost hard to follow all the snappy one liners due to the film’s rapid pace.

There is also a big warm heart to this film, with family being one of its main themes.

Zoe Zaldana’s Gamora gets some great moments, feuding with her sister Nebula, played by brit Karen Gillen of Doctor Who fame.

The Bradley Cooper voiced Rocket is the annoying bickering little brother of the group and the baby version of Groot steals many a scene.

As with the first film, the action is soundtracked perfectly by an “Awesome Mix” of 70s songs, which compliment each scene and fill the film with a sense of joy.

The breakneck pace of the film may leave people unfamiliar with this universe a little lost, but the surprisingly emotional finale will still leave many with a tear in their eye.

Critics of the Marvel cinematic universe waiting for its first misstep are out of luck here, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is an incrediblely fun film to watch.

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