Name: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Release Date: 19 April
Director: James Gunn
Writer: James Gunn
Actor(s): Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Vin Diesel (Baby Groot)
The team struggles to keep its newfound family together as it tires to unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage in the outer reaches of the galaxy.
The opening sequence (which is the scene stealing moment of the whole film)sees a little Baby Groot dancing to Mr Blue Sky whilst the rest of the team fight the an evil Starbeast and from there the film is underway!!! For someone who enjoyed the first Guardians of the Galaxy (and is quite possibly one of my favourite Marvel Superhero franchise) this sequel did not disappoint. The trailers for the film give nothing away and I applaud the producers and editors for doing so. You find these days that you’ve already seen half the film in the trailer before it’s even hit the cinemas but with GOTG there is more to the plot than the trailers show, and it’s awesome!!
I found myself laughing out loud for most of the film, the jokes come thick and fast and the audience response around me was positive. The action sequences are blood pumping and I found myself sitting further and further at the edge of my seat as the plot glided along the cinema screen. Even though it’s a comedy it does have it’s poignant and sad scenes and I’ll be honest, they were very sad. It’s an emotional roller coaster of a film, especially for s superhero film. Ego (Star Lord’s Dad) and and Yondu (who plays a massive part in this stellar sequel) make up the emotional core of the film.
In terms of character presence Drax (who gets most of the one-liners), Rocket and Baby Groot steal the show, as well as Yondu however Star Lord and Gamora fell flat for me. Star Lord’s charm has seemed to be put on hold in the film whilst he works out his daddy issues and I feel Zoe Saldana (who plays Gamora) had little to work with script wise. I also feel that the whole Gamora/Star Lord romance needs to be dropped, I found the whole ‘will they won’t they’ plot slightly tedious and predictable, however I’m all for Drax and Mantis whose relationship was created for laughs.
I also love love LOVE that we’ve seen more of Nebula played by the very talented Karen Gillan. I absolutely adore her character and the relationship she and Gamora seem to have. Again there is character development here but I feel their relationship squabble is driven out slightly too much.
Visually the film is an absolute stunner. The colours are absolutely beautiful and when it’s enhanced on the big screen it’s like a beautiful work of art. Some of the space scenes were mesmerizing and only a big screen could emphasise it’s beauty. I found myself in awe of each scene, even during the pinball sequence with Yondu and Rocket traveling through different dimensions, I was taken aback by it’s gorgeous visuals.
The best scene? Most probably the David Hasselhoff cameo because, you know, it’s David Hasselhoff!
Final Verdict: A fantastic sequel to Marvel’s underdogs and I honestly cannot wait to see the third flick!! And with Groot’s next form in the end credit sequence it’s going to be an absolute hoot!!