Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Reviewed by Joseph Hoshino

The Premise
Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtapae #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

The Review
After years of building up the Marvel Cinematic Universe to The Avengers and even following up a little further after that, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) felt like dessert had been served. Even though the previous MCU films all managed to perfectly balance the action, drama and humor, there was something special about Guardians that held this in a colourful and quirky new way. Now with a sequel on the loose, the question is whether or not these quirks have been consistently carried over.

Now that we’ve been introduced to the Guardians themselves, earning their place in the MCU as a dysfunctional yet ever so fun to watch team, it’s time to explore these characters we’ve been given. The film certainly does so, unfolding more backstory and room for these heroes to develop even further as a family with conflicts among enemies and at times even each other with a great swell of vulnerability. We’re also introduced to a handful of new characters which have a significant effect on those we’ve come to know and love. The drama aspect aside, the film is still as loaded with of all the over the top action, laughs and buzzy soundtrack much like the first, ultimately making it a worthwhile thrill.

Chris Pratt once again succeeds in carrying the film as Peter Quill/Star Lord in his efforts to keep the team under control as well as learn more about himself and those closest to him. While Vin Diesel delivers the “I am Groot” line every time so soothingly in the first film, I personally prefer him as Baby Groot 10 times more as an extremely cute, classic and memorable version of the character thus far. The rest of the main cast including Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Michael Rooker are better than ever while we uncover more about their characters. The film also stars Kurt Russell as Ego, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha and Pom Klementieff as Mantis who you have yet to learn more about.

The Verdict
If you really enjoyed the first Guardians film, you’re likely to enjoy this one just as much if not more. On another note, as you may know there’s always a post-credits scene or two at the end of every Marvel film. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has about five of these scenes (if I counted correctly) so be sure to stick around for those and enjoy!

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 25th April 2017
Rating: TBC
Duration: 136 minutes
Genre:  SciFi, Marvel
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
Director: James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy)
The Extras
It is rumored that Beta Ray Bill will appear in this film. Bill is also rumored to appear in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), and later show up to help the Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
In an interview, James Gunn said that most of the questions will be answered in this film that remained unanswered in the first.
James Gunn revealed that he and Kevin Feige wanted David Bowie to appear in a cameo before his death on January 10, 2016.
Nathan Fillion plays actor Simon Williams (seen in movie posters). In the comics, Simon Williams was Wonder Man, an Avenger who had a very successful side career as a Hollywood action star who did his own stunts.
According to Chris Pratt, the film's script helped him come to terms with the death of his father.
After many rumors, Karen Gillan reprised her role as Nebula without shaving her head.
Originally set for a July 2017 release, but was pushed up to May 5, 2017.
Unlike the last film where it was just his voice, Vin Diesel will also provide motion capture for Baby Groot.
James Gunn clearly stated that this sequel won't set up Avengers: Infinity War.
Chapter Three of Phase Three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Gary Oldman, Viggo Mortensen, Christoph Waltz, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow, and Liam Neeson were considered for the role of Ego.
James Gunn wanted to feature cosmic entity/Guardian member Adam Warlock in the film, but decided to keep him for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as he felt this film already had too many characters.
The teaser poster is a parody of the Ramones' album cover, Rocket to Russia.