Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Five Reasons You'll Love It
Three years on from the release of James Gunn's box office smash Guardians of the Galaxy, this week the hotly-anticipated sequel arrives in cinemas and looks set to be just as big a hit as the first.
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista all reprise their roles as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, Gamora and Drax respectively, as do Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket and Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, while other returning cast members include Michael Rooker, who reprises his role as Yondu, and Karen Gillan, who is back once again in the role of Gamora's adopted sister, Nebula.
There are some new additions too, with Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone, Elizabeth Debicki and Pom Klementieff all joining the cast this time around. You'll also want to look out for a brief and hilarious cameo from David Hasselhoff.
The film arrives on DVD shelves today (September 4th), but we caught an early screening and we've rounded up five reasons why we think you'll love Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2...
**The below may contain some mild spoilers - consider yourselves warned...**
It's even more fun than the first film
Dazzling visuals, action-packed sequences and plenty of irreverent humour - along with a great cast - were some of things that made Guardians of the Galaxy so successful and you'll be pleased to know that not only does that continue in Vol. 2, they've taken things up a notch here. The gags come thick and fast and there plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, but there's also more action, more emotion and an even bigger visual spectacle than in the first film. It's loads of fun and it looks very, very impressive.
Kurt Russell is a great addition to the cast
Russell would make a good addition the cast of almost any film, to be fair, but not only is he on top form here in the role of Ego, his character also gives us an explainer for Peter Quill's not-altogether-human genealogy. But there's more to this god-like character than meets the eye and Russell completely nails the part of this intergalactic traveller.
As one of the villains says, Baby Groot is “too adorable”...
As those who remember Groot's heroics in the first film will remember, his efforts to save the rest of the Guardians left him a little diminished in stature and the Groot of Vol.2 is very different to that of the first film, but that's really no bad thing. Right from the film's opening sequence, Baby Groot shows off his credentials in the cuteness department by dancing obliviously to Electric Light Orchestra's 'Mr. Blue Sky' while the rest of the Guardians battle an inter-dimensional monster.
There's a point in the film where things aren't going to well and some of the Guardians find themselves captive on the ship of a mutinous Ravager crew, led by the villainous and hilariously-named Taserface (the source of one of many running jokes in Vol.2). When asked if they should kill Baby Groot, Taserface replies that he is simply 'too adorable to kill', and he's not wrong.
The soundtrack is superb
One of the other great things about the first film was its soundtrack, neatly inserted into the film's narrative as one of Peter's favourite mixtapes and featuring songs by the likes of David Bowie, Marvin Gaye and The Jackson 5.
The soundtrack to Vol.2 doesn't disappoint either and features some bona fide classics from Sam Cooke, George Harrison, Parliament and Fleetwood Mac, among many others. You can find the soundtrack here in our online store...
You're going to want to stick around for the credits
Marvel films are known for their post-credit scenes, but you're really going to want to stick around until the lights go up for this one as there are no fewer than five post-credit scenes and each one gives us a little clue as to what we can expect from Vol. 3, which James Gunn confirmed he will be returning to direct last week. These include a more surly, teenage Groot, who continues to grow at an accelerated rate, and a mysterious character created by The Sovereign called Adam, who may well play a part in the next film.
You can find a trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 below...