Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (12A)

Chris Pratt’s cocksure ‘Star-Lord’ returns to the big screen to save the universe once again. No pressure then!

This time around Peter Quill is tasked with protecting the universe from an unstoppable alien force called The Sovereign, hellbent on all out destruction. But he isn’t alone, Peter is joined once again by Gamora (Zoe Salanda), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Deisel), aka the movie’s biggest scene-stealer.

The team receive help from an unexpected source named Ego, The Living Planet, who claims to be Peter’s long-lost father. But Peter is torn between his new more swagger than Jagger father and Yondu (Michael Rooker), the gnarly pirate that raised him.

Rather than this movie being about the team falling apart after the original showed us them coming together, it focusses on what a powerful intergalactic family they are. You’ll be pleased to hear that the bickering and banter continues. The Guardians of the Galaxy may be a group of self-professed ‘A-holes’, but they’re family.

Director James Gunn has crafted a sequel that draws on the characters that we fell for before, all while pumping up the volume with a soundtrack that’s just as addictive as the first volume.

It may not be as charming as the original, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still worth going to see. You have to remember that the first movie’s weapon was surprise. Guardians of the Galaxy was one of Marvel’s biggest gambles to date. It wasn’t like the other movies they’d produced before and it certainly didn’t follow the same rules. But that’s what made it so popular. The new Thor trailer is proof that Marvel are trying to capitalise of the popularity of retro-style comedy.

So while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 doesn’t outdo its predecessor it does build on what came before and gets us ready for the team’s further expansion into the Marvel multi-verse.

By Ruth Walker

★★★★☆

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