Despite being one of the second tier Marvel comic books, the Guardians of the Galaxy emerged as one of the best superhero films of all time. Delivering humour, action and some impressive special effects, the outer space adventure kept fans happy with great characters, team chemistry, gags and an awesome soundtrack. The good news is director James Gunn has retained those elements in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.
The Story The sequel kicks off straight into the action with the Guardians despatched to help stop a battery eating monster. But as soon as their mission is done, they find themselves in the thick of a space battle that nearly destroys their ship. However help comes in the form of a mysterious individual who later reveals himself to be Ego, Peter Quill’s long lost father. But as Peter slowly uncovers the sudden appearance of his father and his plans, old foes emerge to settle old scores.
What Worked Gunn sticking to the winning formula that made the original the hit that it was. The film also boasts some spectacular effects and great humour and the team dynamics once again shines through especially in the onscreen interactions with each other.
What Didn’t The familiarity of the film, which is basically a carbon copy of the original. Granted Gunn had big shoes to fill trying to top the first adventure, and this one just doesn’t come off as fresh as Guardians of the Galaxy.
Plus Point Baby Groot! The teaser already teased that the little tree would be a scene stealer and he manages quite a fair bit too. Drax’s turn as comic relief, which results in some of the best laughs in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. There’s also quite a fair bit of cameos and Easter eggs in the film along with five post credit scenes, which makes that long wait in the cinema less daunting.
Conclusion Well, it’s not as good as the first film but then again most sequels aren’t anyway. Still , there’s no doubt that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 will keep fans entertained royally. Gunn also weaves a pretty extensive storyline that further expands the Guardians universe, hinting at possibly a bigger team as well as foes and allies, which could chart an interesting path for the franchise.