Date watched: Friday 28th April 2017

Format: Cinema

Year of release: 2017

First time watching?: Yes

From IMDb: “Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”

Well that was tremendous fun wasn’t it?

The first GotG movie was a surprise to me, as it was to most people I believe. Going in I knew nothing of the Guardians in Marvel’s comic book history, and definitely didn’t expect to have my expectations completely blown when I watched it. Obviously, this meant that the hype for the second instalment was significantly greater as we were expecting it to be at least as good as Volume One.

We were not disappointed.

The humour in GotG2 stepped up a gear, but didn’t feel over the top or too much overdone. The character development was natural for the course of the characters, and reintroductions to our favourite Guardians was handled incredibly well without rehashing and rewriting any history from the previous movie. The title sequence set to “Mr Blue Sky” was just wonderfully hilarious.

The exploration of Quill’s heritage was very well handled; often I tend to find sequels that go down the family plot lines lose their way a little, but this movie did a wonderful job of revealing his unknown history. It’ll be interesting to see how Marvel integrate this into their Universe and into future GotG movies.

The rest of the characters were fleshed out nicely in this movie too: Nebula and Gamora’s relationship was explored, we learnt a lot more about Rocket as a character. Drax was possibly the funniest character of the whole piece, providing humour at perfectly appropriate yet inappropriate moments at the same time. And of course Baby Groot stole every moment he was on screen. I also loved the inclusion of Yondu – he was given a surprising amount of screen time as a side character but he was easily one of my favourite characters in the movie.

James Gunn has definitely mastered the Guardians on the big screen. Both movies are equally as good as each other, and the sequel doesn’t fall into the trap of making the same jokes and telling the same story as its predecessor. I’m excited to see more of them saving the Galaxy in the future, particularly if he stays behind the helm.

My rating: 9/10