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Published April 25th 2017
Guardians Assemble - The Guardians of the Galaxy Return
The original Guardians of the Galaxy film was an outstanding hit, combining some of the most unique characters to ever set foot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On paper, the Guardians of the Galaxy shouldn't have worked due to the absurd nature of the subject matter, but it masterfully delivered a charming and hilarious first entry to a new Marvel sub-series.
While lightning has been said never to strike twice, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 proves this wrong on all accounts. Guardians 2 is another delightful entry in this lovable franchise, delivering more laughs, more emotional moments, and more of the same charming characters we know and love. Those of you who became fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy following the first film will be pleased to know that Guardians 2 rivals the original in many ways, and in some cases, even finds a way to surpass it.
To avoid spoiling plot details, I'll only be discussing the main story and what has already been revealed in previous trailers and a general outline of the film. Within the first act of Guardians 2 the father of Chris Pratt's Peter Quill is revealed, and this becomes an integral plot point of the film. Though it is nice to see Quill finally find his father and someone important to his life back on Earth, as with any story nothing is quite as it seems and the shocking reveal hits Quill hard. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 utilises this new revelation to create some emotionally hard-hitting moments, that surpass Groot's tearful sacrifice in the first film. Looking around the cinema it was hard to find a dry eye in the house and this showcased how much these characters truly mean to fans young and old.
While there are some emotionally driven scenes in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, there is also an incredible number of laughs to be had. Guardians 2 is almost a parody of itself and in some points, feels like a cartoon come to life in live-action form and it works perfectly. Despite the previously mentioned emotional moments, Guardians 2 never takes itself seriously and creates some hilarious jokes and one-liners. Almost every single comedic moment in Guardians 2 delivers and each joke was met with loud laughter throughout the audience. As with the original, the extremely literal Drax (Dave Bautista) is easily the butt of most jokes and his interactions with the original cast are phenomenal to watch. Drax also has some hilarious moments with new character Mantis (Pom Klementieff), as their powers/personalities are designed to create some memorable moments; both funny and heartfelt. Guardians of the Galaxy 2's biggest strength is how it is able to explore and develop some of the secondary characters from the original film and to some extent members of the core team that may not have had enough development during the original film. Both Nebula (Karen Gillian) and Yondu (Michael Rooker) receive a great deal of character development that help strengthen their personalities, but also explain why these characters did what they did in the previous film. Seeing as both characters felt like mere footnotes within the original film, it's impressive to see that when Guardians 2 finally ends these two individuals feel like vital parts of the Guardians universe.
Within the core team itself, Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper) also receives some genuine character development which helps both humanise and explore Rocket's mentality towards his friends. It's a pleasure to see a film that is firmly rooted within its comedic elements still find a way to deliver and develop such wonderfully complex characters. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 could have easily delivered similar incarnations of their characters from the first film, but instead is willing to further development the ensemble cast to make each member feel genuinely important and worthy of your time.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is a wonderful film with a lot of heart, providing some hilariously entertaining moments, emotionally tearful scenes, a cast of excellent characters and of course, an amazing soundtrack. If you loved the original film, prepare yourself for another fun-filled romp with your Guardians of the Galaxy.
Oh, and I forgot to mention Baby Groot absolutely steals the show!