Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Review

Starlord, Gamora, Rocket, Drax and Groot are back for their second installment and to save the galaxy again. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is an entertaining explosion of colour, humour and action that will leave your eyes glued to the screen and wanting more after the credits roll.

This time round, the story centres around the discovery of Starlord or Peter Quill’s Father who vanished when he was a child on the brink of his Mother’s death. After watching the film, you’ll understand why I can’t go into the narrative in detail but I can say that it went ways I didn’t expect. In turn, this was both exciting but also a tad frustrating. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Guardians of the Galaxy series and its role in the Marvel cinematic universe but in particular for Vol. 2, I was left wondering why we didn’t get more of a clear picture as to where their story would go e.g. in Avengers Infinity War. As much as I hate to admit it, the plot could have had some work. Overall banter and dialogue continues to be one of the film’s best qualities, but the plot and narrative arc could have developed better.

Although the story centres around its ‘leader’ Peter Quill and his relationships with various characters, there’s no denying who the real star of the film is: Groot or more specially for Vol. 2, Baby Groot. I think everyone wishes they had Baby Groot as their companion because of his adorable and naive yet fierce personality that viewers can’t help but love. Other characters such as Rocket and Yondu also get stripped back to show their more vulnerable sides which was pleasing to see. As much as I love bad-ass characters, I also love vulnerable ones, even more so when they’re both. This is probably partly why the Guardians  characters are so well responded by many.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is another brilliant addition to your Marvel film library. Despite my need for more connections to the Marvel universe and vaster story-lines, Vol. 2, made me smile and kept me entertained which is something a lot of films in this genre fail to do.

4/5