Sunday, 30 April 2017
#35 & 38: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2.
Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gun, Sylvester Stallone, Vin Dissel and Kurt Russell.
Written and directed by James Gunn. Running time 136 minutes. Budget n/a
Set a few months after the first film, this sees the Guardians on a mission for a bunch of golden, horribly arrogant aliens called the Sovereign who hire the Guardians to protect a bunch of batteries. Anyway, it ALL goes pear shaped and before long the Guardian's beautiful spaceship, the Milano is shot to shit and forced down on an alien planet while every brigand and pirate in the galaxy, lead by Michael Rooker's Yonda is unleashed to claim the bounty placed on the band of heroes by the Sovereign.
Meanwhile Chris Pratt's Peter Quill is stunned to be rescued by Kurt Russell's Ego who claims to be Quill's father, but is he everything he says he is or is he something more, much much more?
This is a thoroughly enjoyable movie and a great sequel, which while not being as fresh or different as the first film is still fantastically entertaining! It's bloody good fun, with a real sense of humour and a real heart and manages to dazzle you with some superb special effects and some rather touching character development and lots and lots of daddy issues and sibling rivalry. This also cleverly adds new characters to the mix and manages to be more than just a mindless super hero movie. Plus did I mention it's bloody funny? Particularly any scene with Groot and a running gag between Dave Bautista's Drax and Pom Klementieff's Mantis along with the very much welcome return of Karen Gillan's Nebula who this time gets to do a lot more than last time.
I've seen this twice already and I have to say, both times were an absolute treat! Go on treat yourselves to one of the best summer blockbusters we're going to see this year.