Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Film Review

Like everyone else, I was surprised how much I liked the first Guardians of the Galaxy and it did so well against low expectations. The problem with the sequel, like all follow-ups, was that it had pressure to be better, or at least as good as, its predecessor, which is something Vol.2 didn’t manage to achieve.

The film opens with the Guardians – Peter Quill/Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) – helping protect the Sovereign’s batteries from a monster in exchange for Nebula (Karen Gillan). However, once the trade is done, Rocket steals the batteries, leading the Guardians into a space battle with the golden people, lead by Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), but they are saved by Ego (Kurt Russell), who claims to be Quill’s dad.

To be honest, the film is seriously lacking in plot and purpose. The father storyline is probably the biggest but even that doesn’t seem to sustain the film as the stakes feel pretty low and it gets bogged down in a number of side plots that don’t really come to anything. Yes, it’s great that they are making the characters and the relationships stronger and more developed but these scenes can really slow the pace down. The film seems to go for ages without any action and then when those sequences kick in, they are so messy and chaotic it’s overwhelming and you have no idea what’s really happening, especially in the final battle.

It really sounds like I disliked it but I actually enjoyed it a lot, it just fails when it comes to plot. I love the sense of humour in Guardians and I laughed out loud so much. But, unlike the first, there were also a few times when I didn’t. Some of the gags went on too long or just didn’t land like writer/director James Gunn was determined to make it more fun than the first and sort of threw everything at the wall and saw what stuck. It started off so strong, especially with Baby Groot’s fantastic opening, but just got lost with the various strands of story, as the group were largely separated from each other (shame!), which failed to make a cohesive whole.

There were many things I loved, such as Baby Groot, who is the most adorable character ever and me go ‘awww’ several times, his dance number opening, which I’ve mentioned.  Then there’s the music, the visuals, Drax being the main source of comedy, Pratt’s general appearance, the expansion of Yondu’s (Michael Rooker) character and the addition of Mantis (Pom Klementieff).

Guardians 2 is highly entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny and just a great time all round. It’s just a shame it felt like a continuation of the first and a set up for the third rather than being it’s own entity. Stronger script needed for next time please!

Can I have a Baby Groot?

In cinemas Friday 28th April 

SEE ALSO: My pics from the European premiere

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