'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' film review
OOGA CHAKA OOGA OOGA OOGA CHAKA. They're back! The Marvel team of the Guardians of the Galaxy are back to our cinemas, and if you can't tell, I'm excited about it! This was actually my most anticipated film of 2017. Yes, I was more excited for this film than 'Star Wars Episode VIII'. To my great relief, this film was not a disappointment. 'Vol. 2', like its forerunner, is written and directed by James Gunn. Gunn is a creative genius and has managed to not only craft a great film, but a fantastic sequel as well. Set around three months after the first 'Guardians of the Galaxy', it centres around the dysfunctional Guardians encountering Star Lord's (aka Peter Quill's) father, as well as dealing with space monsters, warring Ravagers and Baby Groot's increasingly awful swearing.
I really liked the plot of this film. The tone of this film has a slight shift from the first but that was down to the plot. The most important consequence of the change in plot and tone is the emergence of something that Marvel has struggled to achieve since Loki: a brilliant villain. Kurt Russell is stellar in this role and there was this magnificent underlying malevolence about his character. Honestly, as with the first film, the characters make this film. There was so much fantastic development for so many characters in this film, especially for Ravager Yondu and Nebula, Gamora's assassin sister. There was so much depth brought to both of these characters with motivation and backstory reveals.
The humour in this film is primarily brought by Dave Bautista's Drax, Baby Groot (who is adorable as you want him to be) and newcomer character Mantis, who is really fun. There's also a lot of humour from Rocket Raccoon, but a surprising amount of emotionality to go with it. Zoe Saldana's Gamora had an interesting storyline regarding her chaotic sisterly relationship with Nebula, as well as her "unspoken" almost-relationship with Chris Pratt's Peter Quill. Chris Pratt absolutely crushes it as Quill once again. But performance-wise, all the awards need to go to Michael Rooker. He is seriously impressive as Yondu and he steals his scenes.
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' is spectacularly fun with a good balance of action, drama and humour, and a kick-ass soundtrack to boot. This movie lived up to its colossal high expectations and delivered a fun, gut-bustingly hilarious sequel that I'll happily watch as much as the first film. If you don't see it, you're missing a treat.