Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Out Now On-Demand

You only get one chance to save the galaxy twice.

The follow-up to 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy and the 15th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sees Chris Pratt return to his role as Peter Quill, AKA Star Lord. Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2', Guardians Vol. 2 will see the team fighting to keep their newfound family together while trying to unravel the mysteries of Peter's true parentage. Cast newcomer Kurt Russell will be playing Ego, a living planet which is, somehow, the father of Star Lord.

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Directed by

  • James Gunn('Guardians of the Galaxy', 'Super', 'Slither')

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Action, Science Fiction, Blockbuster

137mins

Rating: M Violence

USA

Who knew a walking weed could be so loveable? Or that the chubby dude from Parks & Rec could ab-crunch his way to leading man status? And who discovered the comedic genius that is Dave Bautista? 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy crammed in these surprises like spring-loaded snakes in a can, bursting out with plenty of awesomeness to distract us from its weak bad guy and limp climax. Vol. 2 can’t reload that can and expect the same giggly claps of amusement. Fortunately, writer-director James Gunn does almost everything else bigger and better.

Even the opening scene improves on the original’s, showing off a deliriously fun one-shot fight/dance battle set to the tune of ELO’s Mr. Blue Sky. It looks amazing, as does every other frame of the film. Not only does Gunn make the galaxy look like a rainbow exploding in slow motion, his still framing of particular action sequences soak in like a comic panel in motion. I also appreciate seeing a villain who is much more than Loud Angry Blue Guy.

The story has a lot going on. The Guardians are on the run from a hilariously self-absorbed race of golden beings; Peter runs into his real father (Kurt Russell) who happens to be a living planet; Gamora’s sister Nebula is planning some sisterly revenge; and Drax becomes best buds with a whimsical sort-of-telepathic creature named Mantis. It occasionally feels like the film pulls the handbrake to let some of these subplots move past, except for Yondu’s – he goes through some major tragedy early on that provokes one hell of a character turn.

There’s only one major setback Vol. 2 doesn’t quite overcome – the camaraderie. Just like Vol. 1, we see very little team bonding and too much team bickering. The five major characters still feel more like a group of agitated co-workers than actual friends, so when the film preaches the line “We’re Family™,” it feels less like a genuine remark and more like plagiarism from the Fast & Furious series. If Gunn can install a better sense of respect within the core Guardians, Vol. 3 could be Disney-Marvel’s Bohemian Rapsody.

Sydney Morning Herald

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If this new Guardians lacks the novelty of its predecessor it retains the unnerving edge of hysteria, with ever more frequent reminders that nearly all the protagonists have trauma in their past.

TimeOut (UK)

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For all its wit, speed and wacky cameos, this second instalment still feels like a disappointment.

Variety (USA)

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Shot for shot, line and line, it's an extravagant and witty follow-up, made with the same friendly virtuosic dazzle. Yet this time you can sense just how hard the series' wizard of a director, James Gunn, is working to entertain you.

The Guardian (UK)

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It's fun, though GOTG2 doesn't have the same sense of weird urgency and point that the first film had.

Total Film (UK)

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There's no denying that it looks amazing. The action sequences, too, leave little to be desired as the Guardians find their footing again by working together in their own, haphazard and unique way.

Empire (UK)

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Bar a few last-act wobbles and the odd tonal shift, Gunn has done it again, crafting a sequel that keeps the focus on the characters we fell for first time around while pumping up the volume.

Hollywood Reporter

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 plays like a second ride on a roller-coaster that was a real kick the first time around but feels very been-there/done-that now.

Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)

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Descends into a terribly over-familiar father/son reconciliation yarn, albeit one played out against a backdrop of stunning digital scenery...

Newsroom.co.nz (Darren Bevan)

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Like that tricky second album syndrome that blights so many artists, James Gunn and Marvel's answer is to do it all again, and throw more music and more humour at it.

Spaceballs...I loved it.

Big fan of the first and was expecting it to be not as good, pleasantly surprised. I loved it, deeper character development, introduction to new interesting characters. These actors play off each other well and the introduction of new dilemmas only strengthens this. It's fast, flashy and expensive, kind of what you want from sci-fi but most importantly it has the story to keep you wanting more , bring on GotG Vol 3, 4 and 5 by then they'll run out of music not plot


Musical Sci-Fi Vol.2

The Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Musical number 2, first things first, second things second. It’s good, some will say better than the first, but I felt more passion for the entrée as its musical tastes were up my alley, this was good, just not spot on for me. The beginning scene and tittles sequence was epic and awesome. It felt more like a ‘Doctor Who’ ‘Star Trek’ ‘Little House on the Prairie’ episode than the first gathering of the guardians, but don’t get me wrong, still sweet. Reminded me of ‘The Last Star Fighter’ in a few places, and was it just me or did Baby Groot look so similar to ‘The Mask’? Some great cameos for future ‘Infinity Wars’ and just wonderful family grouping…

Genre : action, fantasy, sci-fi, family cuddles

5/5 : Marvel, I’m bias, what else can I say. Even if it wasn’t that good, I’d probably still give it a 4.

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Better than expect and very funny in parts

The first Guardians of the Galaxy film was so brilliant, funny, good story, great characters etc. but most of all it was a surprise and I was not expecting a great film just your average Marvel film - so with this film I had much higher expectations which is the main thing that ruined it for me. So this film is good, same great characters is very funny in places is well worth watching but is not quite as good as the original.


The Batman vs Superman of the MCU

It gave us everything we wanted, and yet it gave us nothing. Comedy over plot, and an emphasis on important moments, over cohesion of the story line, meant the film fell a little flat. The guardians come across early on as indestructible, and it eats away at any tension. The most engaging parts of the film lie in the tragedies and dark reveals, in what seems to be a film targeting an older audience. We get a lot of comedy and nonsense, a lot of dancing and shenanigans, but it feels crammed in together, and lacks authenticity. Was it a good film? I enjoyed it, but looking back, I can't figure out why.


A bright and brilliant ball of light and sound that makes for ideal family film fun.

If you judge the best Marvel movie by the number of times re-watched, then James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy is my top MCU movie by far. A gloriously energetic fantasy romp, akin to Star Wars with more laughs and a brighter colour palette.

In this second stab the gang's all here, with every aspect of production turned way, way up to eleven. And, whilst the story may flag here and there, with a severe case of third act fatigue, the fun never stops and the entertainment keeps on coming.

Sure the "family" moral gets hammered home, but hey, it's a family film, and Gunn keeps it motoring along like a light-speed Fast & Furious franchise entry. For me the design aesthetic, the brilliant colour scheme and wonderful sci-fi design are the ultimate cinematic delights. The cast are great, the script fizzes and bubbles, the direction is solid and just anarchic enough to keep you marvelling that this is indeed a Marvel movie, and the new characters are fun, cameo appearances and all - but as you already guessed from the trailers - Baby Groot steals the show, despite Rocket Racoon's constant attempts to grab it back!

All up? It's a bright and brilliant ball of light and sound that makes for ideal family film fun.