It’s time to slap in Awesome Mix Vol. 2 and get ready to rock, as everyone’s favourite cosmic heroes return for yet another adventure. Following the success of the first movie and the fandom that has grown from it, there was naturally more hype heading into theatres this time around. Gladly I can say that this second instalment more than lives up to expectations. As despite not necessarily surpassing its predecessor, it does an amazing job of expanding on these characters and distancing itself from what we’re used to in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Returning to the director’s chair is none other than James Gunn, taking everything that we loved about the first film and expanding on it tenfold. Giving us a narrative that focuses squarely on family and how it shapes our characters as a team, Gunn allows for a much more emotional tone to proceedings. Despite this at times resulting in less enjoyable moments, it ultimately allows for a thrilling tale, bringing the Guardians closer than they’ve ever been before. One thing that remains present throughout all this is the sheer fun and excitement present within this adventure. As whether it’s Baby Groot dancing along to Mr. Blue Sky while the rest of the Guardians battle a giant inter-dimensional monster, or Drax’ amusement at Star-Lord’s embarrassment, it all adds to the overall enjoyment.
Once again the talent of the cast shines brightest, with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel doing an outstanding job as Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Baby Groot respectively. What once again made these performances so intriguing, however, was the chemistry between the group. As whether it’s the childish rivalry of Rocket and Peter, the “unspoken” romance between Star-Lord and Gamora, or even the now childlike mind of Groot, it all helped reflect how close these characters have become. Add to this the reluctant pairing with Nebula (Karen Gillan) and softer side of Yondu (Michael Rooker) and I can honestly say this was a much better team than we saw in the first movie.
One of the more interesting castings was Kurt Russell as Peter’s father, Ego the Living Planet. Don’t get me wrong, Kurt Russell is the perfect choice to play Star-Lord’s father. What intrigued me was how they were going to fit this with a character that’s literally a planet. Needless to say both the creative team behind this movie and Russell himself exceed expectations, with the story arc being very intriguing, and having an excellent twist. As for the apparent foes of the movie, I honestly wasn’t a fan of the Sovereign people, finding them quite dull and boring. Granted they play their purpose in the whole scheme of things, setting up what should be a brilliant plot for the future (stay for the mid-credit scenes to see what I mean), but their presence overall felt rather forgettable.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may not have met the high standards of its predecessor, but it certainly gave us a fun, exciting movie. Not only does it explore family, bringing in Peter’s estranged father into the mix, but it also presented us with some amazing twists and breathtaking scenes. Add to this the stellar acting and I’m sure fans will once again find themselves Hooked on a Feeling.
(8 / 10)