The Guardians Of The Galaxy have returned once again for another space adventure, only this time the film has a much stronger focus on character development. This includes the unravelling of the mystery surrounding our lead superhero Peter Quill’s (aka STARLORD) heritage as he learns more about his true parentage and other unanswered questions from the previous film.
I remember when I walked into theatres to see the Guardians of the Galaxy VOL. 1. I knew very little about the film and the trailers didn’t really represent anything new or exciting. To be honest, I watched it because I thought “Hey it’s a Marvel film and they’re all connected normally”. The 1st film had a fantastic dose of brainless fun along with one of the best motion picture soundtracks (known as the Awesome Mix Vol.1 – which I own on CD and Vinyl ) and I think Marvel themselves were also surprised at how well this new franchised was received. Is Vol. 2 a worthy sequel?
I love how this movie takes a risk and tackles the unanswered mysteries that had been provided to us in the previous Guardians film. Even though the film is heavily focused on the story of Peter Quill’s past, I feel the film gave us more development and depth to EVERY character that surrounds Peter! I also found this time around that Peter (Chris Pratt) doesn’t make as many jokes as he did in the previous film due to the many distractions provided for him in the film’s plot. Instead, the other characters are the ones who make the bigger wisecracks throughout the film’s duration. There are also a few actors who manage to sneak into the Marvel World including Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone & Howard The Duck…
The film’s soundtrack once again was a pleasure to hear. It’s a rare feeling, but if I was to tell someone the artists featured in the film’s soundtrack it would feel like I’m spoiling the plot. That’s because the music plays such an important role in providing the extra fun for action or the slower pace during sad times.
Overall, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 has delivered a great mix that we would all play over and over again until we wear the tape out… or wear out the Ultra HD Disc. Even when I found the villain to be predictable, I found myself never bored but very invested in the film due to the characters having a greater depth on screen. The world our heroes live in is also stunning to see on the big screen. I personally feel the 1st film and soundtrack holds a higher rating… but don’t worry, it’s only because a little difference.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden