A few months after becoming heroes of the Galaxy, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper) and the newly regressed Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) face new challenges in the form of accidentally getting on the wrong side of the gold-skinned Sovereign people, the return of old adversaries Yondu (Micheal Rooker) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) and finally coming to face with Peter’s real father, a being named Ego…(Kurt Russell)
After bringing comic book fans one of the most unique, yet lovable superhero films in Guardians of the Galaxy three years ago, writer-director James Gunn returns back to the world of the superheroes to give phase three of the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. And with it a powerful message on what defines as a true family.
As with the last film, the production design of the new planet’s such as the Sovereign’s Metropolis inspired golden world and inhabitants and Ego’s functions as a Living Planet look amazing; showing off Gunn’s love for early Sci-Fi films. The make-up effects on Yondu, the new guardian Mantis, the rogue Ravager Taserface and numerous others look fantastic as well.
The numerous sub-plots of Peter learning about his true father, Drax and Mantis bonding, Gamora and Nebula’s relationship as Daughters of Thanos getting fleshed out and Rocket and Yondu bonding while getting involved in a Ravager mutiny all flow together well with the latter getting the most emotional moments of the film as Micheal Rooker gives unexpected depth to Peter’s seemingly abusive guardian. Although Groot could have been given his own arc as well, the characters are still the same lovable selves and without giving anything away, Loki’s position as the only good MCU villain may have finally been overturned.
Overall despite the character of the Sovereign’s leader Ayesha being completely pointless and Groot not having much of a role in the plot apart from being cute, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a great sequel to keep fans ” Hooked on a Feeling” until the Guardians finally cross paths with the Avengers next year.