“Sequels are really hard to pull off but this one definitely delivers!”
Guardians of the Galaxy (see my review here) was one of those films I went to see without any real expectations and came out going “wow, awesome!” So when I heard there was a sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, I knew I’d be first in line to see it. I have to admit I was afraid I’d be disappointed, but there was no need to worry – to be honest I would have paid just to see the opening sequence which features Baby Groot (a talking tree sapling who stole the show in the previous film). It was brilliantly done and very funny!
So the Guardians of the Galaxy are a motley crew consisting of Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), Gamora, who is a green alien woman, Rocket, a talking raccoon with serious attitude, Drax a sort of beefcake alien with some weird ideas, and last but not least, Baby Groot. As superheroes go, they’re pretty unlikely, but they are a fearless bunch and somehow they get jobs done that no one else wants to take on. And their first adventure forged close friendships that cement them together.
In the first film we found out that Peter had a human mother who died of a brain tumour when he was ten, while his father was apparently some kind of alien being. He had no idea who his father was and after his mother’s death he was taken to space and raised by a group of ruffians/thieves lead by a (blue) man called Yondu. In this film his real dad shows up and turns out to be a god or “celestial being”. I won’t do any spoilers, but suffice it to say that the dad isn’t quite the way Peter had imagined he’d be! And the father has a hidden agenda so the Guardians get into more than a spot of bother.
The whole adventure is totally far-fetched and crazy, but fast-paced and huge fun, with several sub-plots that keep you riveted to the screen. The dialogue is sassy and, at times, hilarious (if also slightly puerile on occasion!) and you can’t help but root for these guys. There’s even a bit of romance thrown in, which of course pleased me no end.
This film is part of the Marvel series that will culminate with two more Avengers movies (Avengers: Infinity War next year plus an as yet untitled sequel), where all the superheroes, including some of the Guardians, get together to fight a common enemy. There are therefore hints here of things to come and allusions to other Marvel films, but for now this one had a wonderful feel-good ending with a couple of fab extra scenes at the end as a bonus.
What can I say? I loved it and anyone who is into the whole Marvel universe will too for sure. But even if you never see anything other than the two Guardians of the Galaxy films, I’m convinced you can’t fail to be entertained!
Pia Fenton writes contemporary romantic YA stories and her Northbrooke High series features UK heroines clashing with US heroes in an American high school setting. The fourth one in the series – New England Dreams – is out now!