NO SPOILERS: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 marches to its own 70s beat and packs plenty of laughs and action [Review]

By Neil Towers

With loads of gags and inside jokes, GotG 2 shows that it’s not your run-of-the-mill superhero film

By Neil Towers |

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Marvel’s dysfunctional gang of anti-heroes is back for more fun, explosions and inappropriately-timed arguments in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord; aka Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and the adorable baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) have become guardians for hire until a job goes wrong. This leads to a massive battle that they were on the losing side of until a mysterious figure named Ego (Kurt Russell) appears to save them. He turns out to be Quill’s long-lost father who takes them away to his home planet to share more about his bloodline.

From the very first scene, GotG 2 shows that it’s not your run-of-the-mill superhero film. There are loads of gags and inside jokes that will satisfy both die-hard and casual fans of the growing franchise. At times it does seem to fall into the common sequel trap of simply acting as a transitional film, setting up storylines for the next film (and there will be next one), but there is plenty in the film to make it worth watching – whether it’s the characters, music or pretty special effects. Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his trusty arrow have one of the best scenes in the film that perfectly combines all those elements.

The expanding cast is wonderful with their wise-cracking and chemistry. Despite the growing number, everybody gets their fair share of screen time as there is much more character development in this film compared to the first. Music continues to play a big role in GotG2, featuring hits from the 1970s seamlessly woven into the scenes for extra swagger.

GotG 2 is an entertaining ride that is hysterical and sincere. As always, the movie doesn’t end when the credits roll as there are not one or two, but five extra credit scenes. Because anything less and it won’t be cool.