Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 movie posterGuardians of The Galaxy Vol 2
Directed By: James Gunn
Starring:   Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell
Rating: four stars
Reviewed by: Xavier Emaka

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The sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy definitely deserves the ‘Volume 2’ suffix. The level of world building that goes into the GOTG movies is unrivaled. From start to finish it’s like you’re watching an outer space documentary and the only thing missing is David Attenborough dry monotone narration. Did the rest match up?  Let’s find out.

GOTG Vol 2 starts with a flashback to 1970. A man plants an extra terrestrial plant on earth while a gushing damsel mentions that she married a space man. It then moves back to present day where batteries belonging to the Sovereign race are being protected from an inter-dimensional beast by the Guardians of the Galaxy.  Groot is only a young sapling, and doesn’t provide any assistance. The Sovereign state hands Nebula to them as a reward for their work.

The guardians were meant to leave the planet peacefully, but a theft by Rocket causes the Sovereign to come after them. In their flight, they end up on a planet and are soon joined by a second vessel, containing occupants that will help Peter unravel his heritage.

GOTG 1 set a pretty high bar, and GOTG vol 2 has safely vaulted over. The actors are great, the directing is commendable, however, the script does have a few places where it fell short.

GOTG 2 tries too hard to be a comedy. The gags are a bit too many for my liking and they keep popping up even in scenes you wouldn’t expect to be funny.  The plot is very cohesive, but it will probably not be as enjoyable for a grown up audience as it is for a young audience. There’s too much focus on the cuteness of things and not on the action. Don’t get me wrong, baby Groot is adorable, but not worth much as far as the story is concerned.

Drax is the hero of this movie. From his inappropriate laughter to his obliviousness there’s not a dull moment with him.

Verdict: a great movie especially for the younger audience. After the release of Logan you might have thought Marvel had shifted focus to an older target demographics but you’re wrong. There’s still something out there fore everyone.

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