“The first Guardians Of The Galaxy was about learning to love other people, from people who didn’t really know how to do it.
The second movie has a lot to do with learning how to be loved by other people.”
Director James Gunn produced this excellent breakdown of the film at its World Premiere. Succinctly rounding up the overall meaning and tone of both films, does this statement translate to the sequel of the successful 2014 film?
Or do we end up feeling like a bunch of assholes…
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos.
The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
Words like ‘spectacular’, ‘amazing’ or ‘fantastic’ have often been connected to other Marvel franchises.
The Spectacular Spider-Man.
The Amazing Spider-Man.
The Fantastic Four.
Yet it’s these adjectives that have found themselves at home with the Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Picking up months after the end of the previous film, we find the Guardians doing jobs for “the man” after saving it in spectacular (ed. there’s the ‘spectacular’) fashion.
After a series of events occur, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is found by his father, Ego (Kurt Russell), and here the adventure begins.
I’m assuming Gunn has pulled back in the majority of his production team from the first film for the sequel. Covering off similar beats to its former, the crew succeed in recreating what made Vol. 1 such a surprising hit.
The ragtag group of jackasses return, along with Nebula (Karen Gillian) and Yondu (Michael Rooker) who join with larger supporting roles.
Newcomers Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Ego (Kurt Russell) are a wonderful addition, as is the Sovereigns Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) who provides an antagonist that is as pompous as they are insane.
Bringing back the heavy-duty laughs of the first, Dave Bautista stands out as Drax, the character who is still very literal. Pom Klementieff‘s Mantis provides a fantastic (ed. there’s the fantastic) foil to this, with a character who is as naive as they come and allows Drax to attempt to learn how to be more figurative.
If you thought Groot (voiced once more by Vin Diesel) couldn’t be loved any more by the audience, then you’re wrong as Baby Groot brings a renewed charm to the screen with its infantile attitude.
Space and its wonder is fleshed out more, with the movie’s open on the Sovereign home world setting the tone immediately for what we will see, along with action that’s been stepped up a notch.
While the first had some great scenes of big explosive fun, Vol. 2 shows a set of Guardians who are starting to inhabit a scale of power they wield in the comics (ed. the scene with Gamora and the giant cannon is outstanding).
The diegetic sounds that flowed through Vol. 1 with its Awesome Mixtape return again with an equally Awesome Mixtape #2; An amazing (ed. there’s the ‘amazing’) selection of songs that compliment the scenes and pass to the audience from the characters with fourth-wall breaking-like aplomb, only help enhance the experience further.
Approaching plot that attempts to resolve issues of strength from love and what defines family, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is very much Vol. 1 cranked up to 11.
And I don’t think Star-Lord would have it any other way.
There are totally 4 or 5 ending credit scenes that set up the future of the Guardians Of The Galaxy, and Vol. 3 can't come soon enough!