Whether you go for James Gunn’s music playlist and witty references, Chris Pratt’s abbbssssss, or to keep up with the damn MCU and those tricky post-credit scenes, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 won’t let you down.
The world was so ill prepared for the first spectacle that many audience members had no clue who the Guardians were (myself included), but the 2014 blockbuster ended up becoming an instant classic and favourite among the hardcore MCU viewers. We’ve all been praying that Gunn’s follow-up would pull off another heist on our hearts, and I can safely report he’s brought the goods.
Filled with heart and tear-jerking moments, Vol. 2 triumphantly makes its mark as a good family drama, great comedy and winning Marvel movie. With the rag-tag team now working together (albeit dysfunctionally) to help out different planets in the galaxy, Gunn’s script shifts focus to the relationships within the team, and the innermost fears and insecurities that get in the way of keeping said relationships healthy.
Complicated histories, egos, old enemies and new fathers get in the way of course, taking us on a journey that beautifully explores new sides to the Guardians. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) have major daddy issues to work out (when they’re not trying to kill each other), Rocket has his demons and a younger Groot to translate for, and Peter (Chris Pratt) finally meets his biological father, Ego (Kurt Russell), and has some tough decisions to make.
Gunn previously mentioned in an interview that Michael Rooker (Yondu) gives an award-worthy performance in the sequel and he wasn’t off the mark. Rooker is given a juicer storyline to play with this time, and he steps up to the plate with a nuanced performance that offers the core of his character on a platter. It’s open and honest and will likely make you feel things you didn’t expect to feel while watching blue folks wreak havoc in space.
But it’s not all family dramas and emotions, Vol. 2 brings some of the best action sequences I’ve seen in the MCU, with the final one being particularly satisfying to watch. Naturally Gunn’s selection of tunes (which I won’t spoil) make everything that much better, amping up excitement during epic battles and making the tears flow during those aforementioned heartfelt moments.
But let’s be honest: you didn’t need me to convince you to see this movie.