The adventures of Groot and co. continue in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and lets face it, everyone is desperate to see Baby Groot in action. After saving the galaxy from Ronan the Accuser the Guardians are working as mercenaries, offering their services to the highest bidder. When one of the team (shall we say) liberates a precious item from one of their clients it triggers a chain of events that not only lead to Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) meeting his father, Ego (Kurt Russell) but to the Guardians having to save the galaxy once again.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been described as a continuation of the team's story rather than a sequel and that's pretty accurate. As with all sequels, James Gunn is able to expand the universe, he stated in an interview that most of the unanswered questions from the first movie would be answered in Vol. 2. The story picks up three months after the first Guardians movie with one of the most entertaining opening credits sequences ever seen, featuring Baby Groot dancing around and playing while the rest of the team battle an inter-dimensional creature. What follows is another brilliantly fun-filled adventure in which the galaxy's most dysfunctional family will keep you grinning from ear to ear throughout.
Vol. 2 is definitely one of the most colourful movies in the MCU; it could even give Doctor Strange a run for his money! According to IMDb, this is the first movie to be shot in 8k and Gunn has said it contains what is considered to be "the biggest visual effect ever made"; "Ego's planet VFX is comprised of a trillion polygons". Watch out for yet another cameo from Howard the Duck, voiced once again by Seth Green and Rocket piloting a ship through 600 hyperspace jumps.
If you thought the cast of the first movie was brilliant, well the casting department have excelled themselves with Vol. 2. All of the returning cast are on top form. Unfortunately scheduling conflicts prevented John C. Reilly from reprising his role of Corpsman Dey. Yondu (Michael Rooker) gets much more involved in the story this time, moving from supporting to a main role and sporting a new mohawk like fin. We also get to see multiple new factions of the Ravagers. Kurt Russell was an inspired choice to play Ego; he's easily believable as the father of Star-Lord and Pom Klementieff delivers a hilariously quirky performance as Mantis, an empath and associate of Ego. But there's no prizes for guessing who steals the show; yep it's Baby Groot. The little tree alien will captivate you from start to finish, so much so you'll never want him to grow up!
After the success of the first movie, the cast and crew were under a lot of pressure to deliver another knock out hit, a challenge they certainly rose to. The Guardians have set the bar very high for 2017, and that's not just for MCU! Vol. 2 could easily be one of, if not 'the' most entertaining movie of the year. I know it doesn't need to be said, but it is well worth staying until the end of the movie, there are five mid and post credits scenes ranging from setups for potential sequels (not Avengers: Infinity War) to some very random moments. If Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok are even half as good as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it's going to be a good year for Marvel.
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