That rag-tag bunch of misfits, the Guardians of the Galaxy are back, and continue to search for Peter Quill / Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt – (Guardians of the Galaxy, Passengers) parentage, and this time the story is set to the nostalgic music of Awesome Mixtape 2.
Accompanied yet again by the likes of Gamora (Zoe Saldana – Star Trek Beyond, Star Trek Into Darkness), Drax (Dave Bautista – Marauders), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper – War Dogs, Joy)and a Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel – The Fate of the Furious, xXx: Return of Xander Cage), the group manage to find themselves in trouble, from the very beginning of the film, where we get distracted by a dancing Baby Groot, while the rest are engrossed in battle for a new nemesis, Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki – Everest).
We meet other new characters, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continues to expand, with Ego (Kurt Russel – Furious 7, Deepwater Horizon) and Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone – Ratchet & Clank, Escape Plan), and of course, the return of other characters who’s stories take a twist or two, such as Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Nebula (Karen Gillan – Oculus).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brings back much of what we all loved about Vol. 1, the music, the shy dance moves, the awkward silliness of some of the characters. It also brings us a new mixtape of music, laying the grounds for an excellent soundtrack for fans to buy, and best of all, the wise-cracks and humour return.
Couple that with a talented A-list cast, great visual and practical effects, a lot of stunning cinematography, and you have the makings of yet another hit movie.
The 4DX experience of the film will depend in great part on the subjective preferences of each audience member. There is great deal of rather aggressive movement, which may not be the the liking of every cinema goer. While this certainly does add another dimension to the film, screening in 3D at the 4DX, there are those who like to just lean back and observe, rather than become a part of the story.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a surefire hit, having already garnered many positive comments from paid sneak-peeks over the recent long weekend. This is definitely one to see if you’ve been following the long arch of the MCU, and prepares one just a little more, for the coming Infinity War.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens 5 May 2017 in South African cinemas.