REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Blasting out of Marvel Studios with an explosion of retro beats, groovy dance moves, and the entire rainbow of neon colours comes the second instalment in the hugely successful Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Set to a fantastic soundtrack that oozes the 80s, James Gunn does not disappoint the second time around, delivering another hilarious twist on the classic superhero movie, packed to the brim with more pop-culture references, satirical jokes, and laugh-out-loud comedy than the first.

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Set not long after the events of the first movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes the audience on another adventure to save the galaxy, but this time with a more personal twist. Delving into Peter, Gamora, Nebula, and Yondu’s past, we uncover secrets that reveal a lot more emotional depth for these characters. After the action-heavy plot of the first movie, it’s good to see Marvel giving their characters some substantial backstory, with much of the exposition delivered through emotional moments between the beloved characters.

Going into this movie I didn’t have any reservations after the glowing praise it received all round, critics and fans included. The superhero fans will love it because it’s action-packed and filled with references to the genre clichés. For everyone else, it’s a superhero movie with a unique spin, with more hilarious sequences than you could poke a stick at. There are multiple occasions where the entire audience was laughing hysterically, and there was no moment when I was not thoroughly entertained.

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Of course, it would be remiss to review Guardians of the Galaxy without any mention of the adorable Baby Groot. Stealing the show (and people’s hearts) from the minute the first trailer was released, Groot does not fail to impress with his exceedingly large eyes, chipmunk-style voice, and childlike demeanour. While he was not the only comedy throughout the movie, he certainly entertained the audience and provided some touching moments that are sure to warm the hearts of even the coldest humans.

By now, Marvel has got the superhero movie formula set in stone, and they continue to deliver high-quality action movies that do not skimp on humour or depth. There are no limits to what Marvel can achieve, and I am looking forward to their next instalments in not only this franchise, but other MCU stories.

 

With sunshine and rainbows,

Jess

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