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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (English)

 

 
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Even funnier than the first 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movie. Fleshes out everyone's favorite bunch of "a-holes". The cosmic corner of Marvel's cinematic universe is being opened up drastically. The Awesome soundtrack. Quite a few amazing and unforgettable cameo appearances.

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The typical Marvel problems: the story lacks unpredictability and non-cliche villains.


With ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, Marvel unleashes an unseen co(s)mic adventure in their vast cinematic universe and a blockbuster which is even better than the first one! Read our extensive review right here!

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Great! We can jack up our prices if we're two-time galaxy savers!

In 2014 director James Gunn unleashed the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie upon the world and conquered it instantly. Marvel Studios traded in its Earth's Mightiest Heroes for the cos(m)ic adventures of a relatively unknown team of space rebels. Now, Star-Lord, (Baby) Groot, Rocket Raccoon and the others are well established names in the geek vocabulary. Logically, the expectations for this follow-up, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, were extremely high. And as usual with episodes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they were redeemed in a fairly safe way with this hilarious, emotional and beautiful blockbuster.

After having saved the galaxy, the Guardians of the Galaxy go through life as full-fledged celebrities. The team, with the ever-charming leader Star-Lord/ Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), the deadly Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista)still immune to sarcasm, and the odd duo of a genetically enhanced raccoon Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and world's cutest bonsai Baby Groot (voiced by action star Vin Diesel), uses this opportunity to the fullest. For a considerable amount of money (and sometimes some concealed expenses), they will handle any problem you may have. However, a failed deal obligates the Guardians to flee from not only the Sovereign led by the magnificent Ayesha, Gamora's sister Nebula (Karen Gillan), but Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his Ravagers space pirates as well.

Luckily, not everything is doom and gloom for our favorite bunch of a-holes. In a proper deus-ex-machina-introduction, the mysterious Ego (Kurt Russel) shows up, being not only Star-Lord's biological father, but one of the omnipotent Celestials and a living planet as well (because why not!). Together with his empathic assistent Mantis (Pom Klementieff), they will reveal Peter's true heritage…

Where the first movie introduced the audience to the cosmic realm of Marvel's cinematic universe, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 goes all-out on not only fleshing out the already shown concepts, but introducing some iconic comic book lore. For starters, there is the Sovereign planet under control of Ayesha, a returning Howard the Duck and the original team of Guardians of the Galaxy (originating from the 31th century in the comic books), with Starhawk/Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone) and Mainframe (voiced by none other than Miley Cyrus). The most important addition, however, and proper introduction is that of the Celestials, in particular Ego. For the first time, Marvel shows exactly who these divine beings are and what incredible powers they possess. Furthermore, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 teases some important things and confirms a former fan theory, which we will not spoil here. No point in looking for Nathan Fillion as Marvel's Wonder Man, though, that's something for the Blu-Ray extra's. The further expansion of Marvel's cosmic mythos? Check!

While the further development of Marvel's extraterrestrial playground occupies a large chunk of time in the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is all about family. First, there is the father-son-relationship between Star-Lord and his recently returned father Ego. More than once, they are the heart of the movie and create the obligatory emotional moment. Then there is Yondu and his complicated relationship with Star-Lord, as well as Nebula and her even more complicated alliance with her sister/ nemesis Gamora, who both get their due in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. To good practice, the movie lacks fleshed-out villains whose plans aren't so incredibly predictable. A Marvel movie by the book.

Above all, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 remains a hilarious blockbuster with comedic talent and an excellent script, written by James Gunn himself. The start of the movie sets up the audience with an endearing as well as funny scene and tells it immediately what to expect: Baby Groot is the star of this flick. From his sudden bursts of anger, his cute puppy-eyes or his dance moves: Groot will make you laugh and Groot will make you feel. Other main hitters are the sarcastic Rocket Raccoon, the ever-naive Mantis, the  running joke involving "Taserface" and the best Stan Lee cameo yet. You'll get it later.

So, yes, the second movie is indeed funnier than the first one – which does not mean Thor: Ragnarok has to be a superhero comedy as well, but it works for the Guardians. Besides its humor, the first Guardians of the Galaxy was equally well known for its awesome soundtrack. This time around, the Guardians save the galaxy on the backdrop of the Awesome Mix Vol. 2 with 70s classics like Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra, Surrender by Cheap Trick and the important Brandy You’re a Fine Girl by Looking Glass. A special mention goes out to the original Guardians Inferno by the for the movie not so unimportant David Hasselhoff and The Sneepers. Time to dance!


In short, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits home once again. Other than the first time around, the movie (unfortunately) does not contain any major surprises: the villains remain a bit lackluster and in the end, the story is fairly predictable and lacks a punch. Luckily, an abundance of hilarious moments, more of Marvel's cosmic mythos and a really Awesome soundtrack make more than up for it! A better sequel would have been nearly impossible and we cannot wait to see the Guardians return in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)!

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 enters our galaxy on the 26th of April.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 post-credits scenes – Spoilers!

1. The first post credits scene shows Kraglin (Sean Gunn, director James Gunn's brother) practicing with Yondu's Yaka Arrow. It is pretty obvious Yondu's former right hand man still has a long way to go, after injuring Drax the Destroyer. Wisely, Kraglin sneaks off…

2. In honor of the recenty deceased Yondu, Stakar/Starhawk (Sylvester Stallone) brings together his old team of Ravagers, actually the "original 31th century" Guardians of the Galaxy from the comic books. Among them are Mainframe (voiced by Miley Cyrus), Charlie-27 (Ving Rhames) and Aleta Ogord (Michelle Yeoh).

3. A disappointed Ayesha is being summoned, after having lost the entire Sovereign-fleet and army while battling the Guardians and Ego. While looking at a mysterious cocoon, she explains she has another plan. A plan called "Adam". Obviously, none other than Adam Warlock, one of Marvel's famous cosmic characters and heroes, will be introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. His appearance was hinted at in the Thor: The Dark World post credits scene as well.

4. The next scene shows a grown up Groot. Now a full-fledged teenager, playing video games in his room, Groot mocks Star-Lord, who adresses the tree for all the mess he makes and never cleans up after him. Damn teenagers!

5. Being the appropriate last segment, we return to Stan Lee in his worn-out spacesuit, still talking to The Watchers, Marvel's extraterrestrial group of cosmic voyeurs, among them being Uatu The Watcher. The three creatures are clearly fed up with Stan's rambling and leave him, although the legendary comic book creator ensures them he has many more stories to tell

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