Logo for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldanha, Dave Bautista

The Guardians of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe are back for a second round of universe-saving in this sci fi superhero adventure movie – and with another earwormy soundtrack, to boot!

 

Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot – this time as a cosmic sapling – protect something valuable to the Sovereigns in exchange for securing the release of Gamora’s sister, Nebula. But when, having completed the task and secured Nebula’s safety, Rocket decides to steal some for himself, the Sovereigns come after the Guardians with a fleet of drones.

 

They’re saved by a mysterious figure, who claims to be Quill’s long-lost father, Ego, and invited to his perfect-seeming and self-created home planet. The Sovereigns hire Yondu (the arrow-wielding baddie from the first film) to track them down, who finds himself one the wrong, right, wrong and right sides of a mutiny before escaping.

 

Ego reveals Quill’s history, explaining how he came to meet Quill’s mother Meredith and explains a surprising connection to Yondu. He takes Quill under his wing and opens his eyes to his true abilities, afforded to him by virtue of being half-Celestial and half-human. Things start going awry as Ego’s plan is revealed to be less than savoury and it’s up to the Guardians to get together somehow, and stop the immortal maniac.

 

A heroic bid to save the Guardians reveals a shocking twist in the narrative and – inevitably – sets fans up for Vol.3 in the franchise.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 feature some of the most mind-bending visual effects ever seen on the big screen, with Ego’s home planet, in particular, being hailed as ‘the biggest visual effect of all time’. The inside of the planet was inspired by the fractal art of Hal Tenny and features a trillion polygons.

 

The film was actually officially announced before the theatrical release of the first film, with Director Gunn explaining that he wanted to set the sequel shortly after events of the first film to allow the team to explore the characters’ new roles as Guardians and to capitalise on the intrigue around the identity of Quill’s father.

 

Don’t forget to stick around for no fewer than five post-credit scenes, featuring Kraglin, Ravager leader Stakar Ogord, a sulky teenage Groot, a revenge plot on the part of Sovereign leader Ayesha and a group of Watchers, including Stan Lee. What he reveals seems to acknowledge Marvel fan theory that Lee’s cameos across several Marvel movies see him playing the same character. Producer Kevin Feige said: “Lee clearly exists, you know, above and apart from the reality of all the films. So the notion that he could be sitting there on a cosmic pit stop during the jump gate sequence in Guardians…really says, ‘so wait a minute, he's this same character who's popped up in all these films?’"

 

The soundtrack to Vol.2 had a lot to live up to, after the first film’s score drew comparisons with that of films like Trainspotting and Pulp Fiction. The second film continues to draw heavily on 1970’s easy-listening tracks, including Fleetwood Mac’s "Chain the Gun", ELO’s "Mr Blue Sky" and George Harrison’s "My Sweet Lord".

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