Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: Energetic, cinematically stunning but lacking in narrative

A sequel is always hard to live up to the expectations fans have especially with a heavy fan-base of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 suffers from lack of plot.

Director and writer: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell

Running time: 136mins

Certificate: 12A

Release date: April 28

The next instalment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise has long been anticipated since the release of the first movie back in 2014 and it did keep the humour and comedic elements but it struggled with a plot.

The film follows the Guardians as they struggle to keep the ‘family’ together as it tires to unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) true parentage in the outer reaches of the galaxy.

And really all the film does is deal with a lot of speaking and lack of worthwhile action. The film is purely a mechanism to develop Quill and to give all the other Guardians somewhat of a back story.

Of course the franchise needs to bring into the matter of his parentage but that’s all it really did.

Pratt and the rest of the cast got back into their respective alien characters and you could clearly see they all enjoyed working alongside each other making the movie.

One of the best parts of the film was the soundtrack, something similar from the first movie, if you like 80s music and cameos from Sylvestor Stallone and David Hasselhoff then definitely go and see it.

Eventually as the film continues you find out a big secret but you have to wait up until the last 45 minutes. The rest of the film is simply talking except for an opening battle scene.

Half way through I began question what actually has happened so far to which my mind was blank.

One of the best developments was the character of Nebula (Karen Gillan) as a sort of archnemesis to the Guardians we see her true bitterness and hatred towards her sister Gamora and father Thanos.

Also the film begs the question whether the new character Mantis will become a pivotal role in the next movies.

With the mentioning of Infinity Stones and Thanos the film was clearly building up to the next Avengers movies which is great but because the studios have released a timeline of the next movies it is a major spoiler.

I didn’t find myself sat on the edge of my seat (cliche intended) because I knew there couldn’t have been any major deaths as they are all set to star in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.

The Guardians of the Galaxy are known for the use of humour and comedic effects to move the plot along but the sequel had a lot of these elements and it got somewhat tedious watching Baby Groot dance around and not really do much else.

Although Baby Groot was a fan favourite and exceptionally cute, it seemed he was used to fill in five to ten minutes of nothingness and it was slightly irritating.

Despite slating the film in this review, it was perfectly executed and visually stunning and worthy of a watch just for the cinematic elements.

If you don’t know already the film has five post credit scenes. Five? Yes, five. However there is only really one that is relevant to the franchise progression.

Nevetheless the film was good and I did laugh at some of the humour and I am excited to see how the Guardians fit in with the Avengers next year.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: Energetic, cinematically stunning but lacking in narrative

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