Movie Review #3016 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2.
Follow up to 2014's movie of the same name, this is another rollicking rock'n'rolling sci-fi extravaganza focusing on lead dude Peter Quill's parentage so cue one Kurt Russell to answer that one for us in the form of the nefarious Ego.
The original charm is there along with screen-flashing CGI that explodes like fireworks at a pace my late 50s eyes could barely keeping up with. All the favs return along with the customary new faces to prevent the formula from going stale.
Vegehead Groot who sacrificed himself at the end of Vol 1 also returns, regenerating as a cute but sometimes irritating little weed requiring the same translation skills as before against his limited 'I Am Groot' vocabulary.
As per the original there are no stand out performances but it's not that kinda movie anyway. Plus the soundtrack plays an important role although disappointingly, the trailer features The Sweet's Fox On The Run (one of my 70s favs) yet in the movie itself it is conspicuous by its absence.
Overall Vol 1 was a pleasant surprise and Vol 2 successfully follows in its footsteps as a 'more of the same' plus we are assured at the end that there will be a Vol 3 so in around 2020 keep a look out for it. 8/10
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