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Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2,
Directed by James Gunn,
Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Kurt Russell
The gang returns for another out of space adventure. This time Star-Lord is reunited with his father Ego, the living planet, and all the questions that have plagued him for his entire life seem to be answered. Yondu and his band of Reavers are trying to fit back in after breaking the code of the Reavers. When the Guardians finish a job for a race of beings who are exceptionally uptight, and Rocket manages to annoy them by stealing from them (hey, it’s Rocket, what do you expect?), they have to run for their lives.
Guardians of the Galaxy along with Ant-Man is the fun element of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for me. The tongue in cheek aspect of the story, along with the best soundtrack of any modern superhero film, just makes them a pleasure to watch. While there are some big flaws, we’ll go into that in a bit, this return to the team gives us everything we pretty much want. (and of course if you want to avoid knowing anything in advance of seeing the film, stop now!)
First the film starts with the team about to fight an interdimensional being who is eating expensive battery packs/ This job gives them something that they want – Nebula (Karen Gillan). When transporting Nebula back to the Nova Core, Rocket reveals he has stolen from their employers, and a whole fleet of attack ships are on their way to blow the Guardians away. When their ship is badly damaged but they are saved by Ego, who from the trailers it is revealed he’s Star-Lord’s Dad. Then the team is split up, with Rocket, Groot, and Nebula left behind to fix their star ship, and Gamora, Drax, and Star-Lord join Ego and his girl friday Mantis. Then Yondu, Michael Rooker, is hired by the previous employer to go after the Guardians, and bring them in.
This is a straight forward joy ride taking up basically from the first film and continuing the story. The jokes are funny, but not as funny as the first film I thought, but the soundtrack is rocking the whole film right through. The problem is that there is no depth to the story, and yet it’s not really a problem, as the flashy flashy, jokey jokey, and tunes bring it up to an acceptable level. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to go see this in IMAX when it comes out on general release, and probably will buy the Blu-Ray, I have a blu ray player now. It’s just that you feel that this is merely a placeholder for the MCU until Thor brings us closer to The Infinity Wars movies.
It’s good on the science fiction front, with plenty of aliens and space battles, while the action is all pretty much spot on, it’s just that the plot is paper thin. Everyone is fine in their jobs, even Sly Stallone, and the cameo that you know is coming is also a funny addition to the universe. Speaking to people who are more into the MCU than I am, which is just about anyone, but I do like the films, they kept telling me that there are so many Easter eggs that if I noticed them my diabetes would have me in a coma.
The one character that for me stole the show was Yondu. Of course Baby Groot is funny, but we’ve seen nearly every good scene with him before the film was released. Yondu (Michael Rooker) gives the film a real heart, and when you start to understand his motivations for his actions then you realise that he’s one of the best characters in the film. Rooker has always been a favourite of mine through the years. Kurt Russell plays Ego does his job as he always does with that same level of Kurt Russell you get at any other time.
With plenty of fun moments, and the soundtrack that a lot of you will rush out and buy, or download, there is plenty to enjoy during the whole film. I’ll admit that some later moments of the film (which we won’t blow here) were emotional and had me crying. Also there are FIVE during credits or end credits scenes, and one set a friend of mine off as a character was introduced. Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2 is a fun ride that asks nothing of the viewer other than sitting down and switching off from reality, which is fine, but is fine really good enough?