Guardians go round again

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - with Julian Wright

THE epit­ome of cool, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy films sure know how to get the comic book nerds pump­ing their fists in the air.

A nos­tal­gic retro sound­track play­ing over some slow-mo ac­tion of galaxy crea­tures shoot­ing lasers and the odd 1980s pop cul­ture ref­er­ence was the for­mula es­tab­lished in the first film and stuck to for dear life in the sec­ond.

But this spin-off fran­chise is not one to rest on its lau­rels as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 goes straight for your emo­tions.

Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) gets the Guardian gang Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Sal­dana), Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) and Drax (Dave Bautista) into trou­ble when he steals from High Pri­est­ess Aye­sha (El­iz­a­beth De­bicki), who hired them for a job. While on the run from the golden Pri­est­ess, a god named Ego (Kurt Rus­sel) finds them, claim­ing to be the long-lost fa­ther of half-hu­man, half-alien Peter, un­cov­er­ing all sorts of aban­don­ment and fa­ther is­sues.

Mean­while, a vi­o­lent ri­valry con­tin­ues be­tween Gamora and her bit­ter sis­ter Ne­bula (Karen Gil­lan), who has been re­leased into the Guardians’ cus­tody.

Writer/di­rec­tor James Gunn has pack­aged more fun and laughs in the same style as the first out­ing.

It is an eas­ily di­gestible ac­tion film that is sure to sat­isfy fans.

With more talk of fam­ily than the Fast and the Furious films com­bined, Vol. 2 aims to take on some dramatic themes but in do­ing so ends up be­ing hokey in mo­ments.

How­ever, the soggy ground­work is laid for an emotional end­ing.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may not be re­mem­bered for orig­i­nal­ity, but it will be for be­ing the first Marvel film to move me to goose­bumps and al­most shed a tear in its fi­nal, touch­ing mo­ments.

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