Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ★★★★

The MCU'S dominance of the global box office will be tested in 2017 with three releases all vying for those lucrative superhero dollars. Before we witness another Spider-Man reboot, followed in November by Thor : Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 and the return of arguably the most entertaining of Marvel's current crop of trailblazers will lead the way. James Gunn also returns to direct this sequel that brings back all the ingredients that made the first film the surprise package of 2014.
Star-Lord, Gamorah, Drax, Rocket, and baby Groot set about saving the galaxy once again, this time from an unassuming source.....Peter's dad? Kurt Russell rocks up as a Celestial with some nostalgia-heavy stories of Earth in the Seventies and a Missourian girl he fell in love with. Russell dominates every scene he's in, surrounded by impressive CGI and a visual palate that's arresting on the eyes. The dialogue is playful, as expected, and both Karen Gillan's Nebula and Michael Rooker's Yondu get much more screen time in what becomes more of an ensemble film as the plot progresses. Chris Pratt still embodies everything we loved about Han Solo, it's still hard not to compare the two, and again he doesn't disappoint with another charismatic display of bravado. Baby Groot and Rocket deliver the laughs, and I defy anyone not to get at least a little misty-eyed with that soundtrack. Again the thrills come thick and fast, as well as some well placed and fairly near the knuckle jokes courtesy of Pratt's Star-Lord, but is it a worthy sequel to that incredibly enjoyable Vol.1? I liked this a lot, it has everything you'd expect and more and I don't think it hurts the legacy the first obtained as a vibrant, accessible, and thoroughly original piece of family entertainment.

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