Directors: James Gunn
Running Time: 136 minutes
Main Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista, Kurt Russel, Michael Rooker, Sylvester Stallone
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 brings back what it did best in vol. 1, but its lack of storyline diminishes its value slightly.
The team of misfits returns as they traverse the cosmos and attempt to keep their newfound family together. The team tries to unravel the mystery behind Quill’s parentage. Which turns out to be something more than they hoped for.
Guardians strength isn’t its storyline, because there actually seems to be no apparent storyline. Returning Writer/Director James Gunn opting to go for the parentage plot and it just doesn’t appear to be anywhere near as prominent a story as there has been in other marvel films. It comes and goes through the film, as the characters actions take the main stage for much of the film, until the plot reappears in the final hour of the film to conclude what is a confusing and ridiculous storyline. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 just falls short of being an outstanding sequel film because of its plot line, if it had a better storyline this film would work and flow so much better.
However, the rest of the film is simply superb!
Firstly it starts off with outstanding performances by many of the cast including heroes Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Starlord), Bradley Cooper (Rocket) and Dave Bautista (Drax). With Rocket taking more of a heroic stance in this film, while Quill battles with his parentage. The crew is as funny as ever, with potent one-liners and interplay between characters, highlighting the large amount of chemistry they share. Michael Rooker returns as Yondu, but this time the blue Centaurian switches bad for good, in order to help Quill. The cast is completed by a wonderful performance by Kurt Russell as Quills dad Ego. I don’t think anyone else could play someone with an ego such as Ego with such perfection! I loved having Russell as the villain in this film. But again stealing the show by far is Groot, or baby Groot for this one. The little flora man takes all the limelight in his infancy, delivering a performance that will have you go “aw” multiple times and laugh at his misunderstandings of English speaking characters. Groot is by far the greatest thing about this film.
Falling second to baby Groot is the 1980’s feel to the film. From the opening scene being set in 1980’s Missouri, to the appropriately titled “Awesome Mixtape #2” soundtrack, to the cameo appearances of 80’s stars in Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell and David Hasselhoff. It’s a 1980’s film funfest set in a far away galaxy. Everything about this film screams fun! It wants us as the audience to sit there and enjoy the film, much like it was in vol. 1 of Guardians of the Galaxy. You have everything a marvel film has become known for, wit, humour, action, explosions, final fight scenes and a joyful happy ending, with a hint of more to come.
Apart from the abundance of a decent plot line James Gunn has crafted yet another splendid Guardians of the Galaxy film. Filled with a cast strong in chemistry and a well thought out villain, expertly performed by Russell and a nostalgic 80’s style superhero film, with amble slices of What Marvel is known for, including lots of everyone’s favorite Groot and his dysfunctional family. A fun marvel film that helps continue to drive what looms as a big part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A must see for Marvel and non-Marvel fans alike.
The Front Row Opinion