Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Release Date: 25th April 2017 - Australia

Production Companies
Marvel Studios
Marvel Entertainment

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 136 minutes

Budget: $200,000,000

Box Office Gross: $863,756,051 (Worldwide)

Plot Summary
Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada in search for vengeance. As the guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter's parentage is revealed.

Chris Pratt - Peter Quill/
Zoe Saldana - Gamora
Bradley Cooper - Rocket (Voice)
Dave Bautista - Drax the
Vin Diesel - Baby Groot (Voice)
Kurt Russell - Ego
Pom Klementieff - Mantis
Elizabeth Debicki - Ayesha
Michael Rooker - Yondu
Karen Gillan - Nebula
Chris Sullivan - Taserface
Sean Gunn - Kraglin/On Set Rocket
Krystian Godlewski - On Set Groot
Sylvester Stallone - Stakar Ogord
Laura Haddock - Meredith Quill
Wyatt Oleff - Young Peter Quill
Gregg Henry - Grandpa Henry
Evan Jones - Wrench
Jimmy Urine - Half-Nut
Stephen Blackehart - Brahl
Steve Agee - Gef
Mike Escamilla - Scrote
Joe Fria - Oblo
Terence Rosemore - Narblik
Tommy Flanagan - Tullk
Michael Rosenbaum - Martinex T'Naga
Ving Rhames - Charlie-27
Michelle Yeoh - Aleta Ogora
Miley Cyrus - Mainframe (Voice) (Uncredited)
Seth Green - Howard the Duck (Voice) (Cameo)
Jeff Goldblum - Grandmaster (Cameo) (Uncredited)

Writer/Director - James Gunn
Based on Comic Book
"Guardians of the Galaxy" -
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Star-Lord/Mantis Creator - Steve Englehart
Star-Lord Creator - Steve Gan
Gamora and Drax Creator - Jim Starlin
Groot Creator/Executive Producer - Stan Lee
Groot Creators - Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby
Rocket Raccoon Creators - Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen
Mantis Creator - Don Heck
Howard the Duck Creators - Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik
Executive Producers - Victoria Alonso, Louis D'Esposito and Jonathan Schwartz
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - Nikolas Korda
Producer - Kevin Feige
Co-Producers - David J. Grant and Lars P. Winther
Production Designer - Scott Chambliss
Costume Designer - Judianna Makosvky
Cinematography - Henry Braham
Special Effects Supervisor - Daniel Sudick
Visual Effects Supervisor: Framestore - Patric Roos
Visual Effects Supervisors - Matthew Crnich,
Doug Spiltaro and Christopher Townsend
Additional Visual Effects Supervisor - Edwin Rivera
Visual Effects Producer - Susan Pickett
Film Editors - Fred Raskin and Craig Wood
Music Supervisor - Dave Jordan
Music - Tyler Bates

My moviegoing experience of the first GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY movie (click herewouldn't be the same if I had not seen the new chapter in theatres. The thrilling cosmic action, humour and 70s music were reinstated in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 and it was a surprising continuation that everyone agrees it has the same impact of the original movie. Writer/Director James Gunn has masterminded the call for a sequel of continuing the wild space adventures of Marvel's very own sci-fi heroes. The film was thickened with a thoughtful storyline and complex characterisations but it boasts an immense visual display. It loses none of these aspects that were continued to be used in the feature that is neither as significant as what other viewers say about it. It would seem that the plot has some similarities to THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (click here) and it has more of a bittersweet closing than a downer ending.

The original actors like Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, etc. are back as the famed eponymous group of heroes that were ready to save the galaxy again from evil forces. Even undisputed macho man Vin Diesel is now voicing the cutesy and diminutive version of Groot. For the newer cast members, Kurt Russell was a legendary and truly remarkable actor when portraying Star-Lord's estranged father who was mysterious and godlike and his true intentions are yet to be discovered. Elizabeth Debecki was capable of using sheer brutal menace when acting as the vengeful Ayesha and that she may return to the character in the final instalment in the near-future. French actress Pom Klementieff was cast as the lovable but naive Mantis who is newly welcomed as a member of the team. Veteran actor Sylvester Stallone is in a large cameo role as Stakar Ogord, even though I've never been a big fan of Stallone and his movies. Whatever the reason, he did pull a fascinating job.

Viewers will be jettisoned and embrace the world of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as they previously have done it in its predecessor. It may not have been as fresh as the last movie, but it's bigger and a more colourful and action-packed sequel. I hope to see it again when it is put to the sales on Blu-ray, DVD, iTunes and Netflix.

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie

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