Three years on since their last outing, the Guardians are back in this second installment by director James Gunn, bringing with them a whole lot of explosions, classic songs, and of course some new friends. The Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced the ragtag group to the big screen back in 2014 and they were an instant hit with comic fans all over the world, so it was only natural that the second installment would have a lot riding on it in terms of fan expectations.
I can safely say that Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is a tonne of fun from start to finish. It has dazzling visuals, witty dialogue and likable characters, but it’s not without a few faults. To begin with, this sequel doesn’t feel as fresh as its predecessor, but that has almost come to be expected with big budget sequels. Another fault would be the emotional side of the film was a bit too ‘in your face’ this time round. Emotion wasn’t subtly hinted at, therefore some scenes felt a little bit cheesy.
Despite these faults, the films positives more than make up for it. As I stated before, the movie is a lot of fun to watch. The dialogue is very funny throughout, and even hilarious at times with a special mention going to former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista as Drax, who was given a hefty amount of dialogue this time around and was consistently funny from the very first scene.
The music is another positive in this film, and it really feels as if director Gunn knew what he was doing with how the music was arranged. Kids will enjoy the songs chosen as they are very catchy and upbeat, and adults will certainly be hit with some nostalgia from all the classic hits chosen. The biggest strength of the film is most definitely the cast and their chemistry, from new additions to the familiar faces from the past installment, a particular favourite of mine being Rocket Raccoon.
In conclusion, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 isn’t as fresh and original as its predecessor, but it’s a triumph of big budget blockbuster cinema with plenty of fun and thrills for fans new and old.
The Yuppie’s Verdict: 7/10
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