Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 had more fun, more depth and was more engaging throughout despite the lack of narrative.
1. MORE HUMOUR
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 was funny, don’t get me wrong. But Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is better because it kept the jokes flowing throughout. Each of the characters had their own style, whether that was Drax’s total lack of social normality, Rocket’s twisted sense of humour, Mantis’s gullibility, or Star Lord’s general wit.
2. BABY GROOT
Marvel took aim with the cute gun, and fired on all cylinders right from the first scene. The mannerisms and personality of Baby Groot worked on all but the most serious of audiences, and Groots role throughout the movie was a comedic break between the action. Sadly this will most likely be the last time we see Baby Groot as the teenage version was in the credits.
3. IT'S RELATABLE
Considering there was a serious lack of story in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, it’s quite an achievement to present a movie theme so well throughout. That theme is all about family, and each of the characters has such a distinct story, but you will always be able to relate to one of them. Whether it’s Star Lord losing his mother and gaining a Father, or Rocket finding a family with his friends, there’s something for everyone to relate to.
4. DRAX BEING A COMEDY TIMING GENIUS
Some people found the onslaught of Drax related humour tiring, but I laughed every time. Drax was seriously underused in Vol 1 and the writers for Vol 2 seemed to pick up on this and build on Dave Bautista’s talent. Whilst dishing out the comedy through reckless insensitivity, he also often touched on some pretty emotional scenes that broadened his character out.
5. THE AESTHETICS
Over a trillion polygons were used in creating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, and it shows. The living planet, Ego, is one of the most impressive special effects seen in film to date. And when combined with the variety of colours shown in space and in the Ravagers scene at the end, it creates one hell of a show.
6. THE CAMEOS
Woah, where to start. The Original Guardians of the Galaxy team make their debut with Sly Stallone leading the way. Obviously Stan Lee makes his usual marvel cameo too as a Watcher and even Jeff Goldblum is present in his full Grandmaster costume from Thor Ragnorak. David Hasselhoff makes an appearance and Howard the Duck and Cosmo are in there again too.
7. The emotion
Okay, who didn’t cry in the final scene with Yondu? Building massively on the family theme there was a great slow build up to this scene, and then, there come the feels. At moments you also felt for Drax, and the loss of his family. Star Lord had some nice moments and tangible anger around the relationship between Ego and his Mother, and there was plenty of hatred and love between Nebula and Gamora. Some feels in there for Nebula too.
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