Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review

We follow the visually striking adventures of the Guardians traversing the galaxy. Themes of family, humility, and honesty, are met with the enigma of Quill's background and true parentage…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review

This summer, we had another epic instalment to the thrilling and rapidly expanding marvel cinematic universe. Complete with charming comedy, compelling action, and incredible visuals, we were stunned by the much-improved second volume of the science fiction box office hit, 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. James Gunn's screenplay was a great balance of irreverent humour and moving moral situations.

Audiences were moved by the comical yet convincingly sensitive performances of the original characters:

  • Star Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt)
  • Gamora (Zoe Saldana)
  • Drax (Dave Bautista)
  • Baby Groot (Vin Diesel)
  • Rocket (Bradley Cooper)
  • Nebula (Karen Gillan)
  • And Yondu (Michael Rooker)

There were new additions to the respected team like Ego (Kurt Russell), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), and Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki). This time, we recognised some really moving conversations (e.g. Rocket and Yondu) centred on dysfunctional backgrounds and mourning, the endearingly entertaining Baby Groot, and the flawed father-son dynamic between Peter and Ego. Misplaced trust is the ultimate cause for the tension permeating the second half of the film. The notorious guardians of the galaxy banded together in mutiny with new allies, unexpected foes, and an action-packed plot.

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' surpassed everything that audiences loved about its predecessor with an incredible '70s classic rock music score (originally composed by Tyler Bates). Underrated rock tracks are now topics of conversation. There was a beautiful atmosphere of classic music and high-res CG visual effects (Ego's impressive animated planet), exposing the carefree cavalier attitude of Quill while still capturing his sensitive past and broken childhood. The music was the leading protagonist in the film – both unrestrained and relatable.

The unconventional narrative wasn't as well-structured and powerfully gripping perhaps as 'Captain America: Civil War'. While 'Civil war' juggled character development with a mature narrative about political interference, responsibility, and disagreements, 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' provided an amusing storyline that almost lost its way in forming a 'human' and relatable connection with its audience. However, the original music and humour did set it apart from other Marvel films for its striking comedic timing (landing to the performance of Drax and Baby Groot) and emotionally stirring sequences.

We look forward to the gripping action of the joint teams (the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy) in the 2018 'Avengers: Infinity War'.


Joanna Bailey

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  • Luke Taylor

    On 19 September 2017, 10:07 Luke Taylor commented:

    Great review! Personally, I did feel like the film focused a little bit too much on the humour, but I suppose it helps to add some variety to the superhero genre which is starting to become a little bit stale...

  • Bhavesh Jadva

    On 19 September 2017, 14:11 Bhavesh Jadva commented:

    I dunno how this one passed me by - I just didn't realise the importance of its release but it sounds like a cracker I can't wait to watch

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