Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 picks up not long after where the first Guardians of the Galaxy film left off. It uses the same formula of offbeat humour, and a cast of lovable misfits set to the soundtrack of some of our favourite hits from days past. When Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy arrived in 2014 it was fresh, new and exciting, and as it hadn’t been done before we didn’t know what to expect going in to the film. Now that we’ve arrived at Vol.2 its a little bit predictable.
In the previous film we were just getting to know the characters and got to see how they were connected, but in this film everything is focalized around the idea of family, both those we’re born into and those we build by choice. In this film we are introduced to Ego (Kurt Russell), a god like figure who is the natural father of Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). It focuses on their new found relationship and also looks into the past to show us how Star-Lord came to be. Gamora spends most of this film occupied by her sister Nebula (Karen Gillan), while Drax (Dave Bautista) is busy making friends with Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Separate to all of this is going on, Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) are entangled in the power struggle happening between Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his crew.
Because there were so many different plot points that didn’t always fit together, the film at times felt a little disjointed. It didn’t always feel like the different plots were propelling the film forward. Without giving any spoilers, it also felt a little too over sentimental in places. Overall however, I really enjoyed it. There were plenty of in jokes and laugh out loud moments. Baby Groot in particular was responsible for a lot of these, he pretty much stole every scene he was in. I loved the retro soundtrack throughout, and there were a few surprise cameos and characters that picked things up just as you were about to get bored. I cant wait to see what Vol.3 holds.