Directed once again by James Gunn, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 sees the return of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos and must fight to keep their newfound family together. Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, old foes become new allies as the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage is revealed when they meet his father, Ego (Kurt Russell).
There are so many great things about this sequel: volume two of a brilliant mixtape/soundtrack, the introduction of Mantis (Pom Klementieff) who is hilarious, a baby Groot, Rocket and Yondu’s bonding session, the amazing chemistry of the whole Guardians gang and the comedy that bounces off between them. But there’s something that puts me off this film, and I think it’s to do with the story.
We were all waiting to find out who Quill’s father was and, unfortunately, the news of any big stars being cast in this sequel was always going to ruin the surprise. But still, Kurt Russell is the best news that we could have had. However, I didn’t enjoy his character in this film. I came away from seeing this loving half of it, but not caring about the scenes between Quill and Ego, which is really what this whole film is about.
That being said, the Guardians are always a lot of fun to share an adventure with and they have proven to be an exciting group of new(ish) superheroes who I can’t wait to see more from. This was just a bit of bump in the road, for me.