By Kylie Potter
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the epic sequel to the 2014 Marvel movie, hit theaters on May 5, 2017, and it became an instant success. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, the film soared to $145M in the global box office during its opening weekend.
This action-packed Science Fiction film came with a humorous twist, mostly supplied by Drax, one of the members of the guardians who always seems to take things literally, and Baby Groot, a 10-inch tall tree-like character who has the mind and temperament of a small child.
The second installation of Guardians of the Galaxy traces back to some of the questions that were raised in the first movie, such as “who is Star-Lord’s father?” Star-Lord, also known as Peter Quill, was raised by his mother on Earth, and never knew who his father was. However, after the opening scene in the movie, a new character known as Ayesha, the High Priestess of a race known as the Sovereign, speculates that Quill is not entirely human.
Being forced to make a quick departure from the High Priestess due to Rocket stealing some invaluable batteries, Quill doesn’t have much time to ponder the question, and the team is thrown into another battle in which their ship crashes on a nearby planet after being attacked by the Sovereign people, who are in search of the missing batteries.
Once again, the guardians are plunged into a sticky situation that requires them to save the galaxy and gain some new members along the way. With the return of Michael Rooker as Yandu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, and the introduction of a new character named Mantis, played by Pom Klementieff, the team grows larger than before as they prepare to face their biggest challenge yet.
The makeup and costume design for the characters was absolutely phenomenal, especially for characters such as Nebula, Gamora, Drax, Mantis, and Yandu, as well as the entire Sovereign race, who were all covered from head to toe in a vastly detailed amount of makeup that made the alien-like characters seem almost real.
Chris Pratt was able to once again amaze the audience with his adaptation of Star-Lord, a cocky, yet humorous character who relies on his skill with guns and, of course, his taste in music, to fight his way across the galaxy. Not to mention Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, who respectively lent their voices to the parts of Rocket, an anthropomorphized raccoon, and Baby Groot.
The numerous amount of twists and turns taken throughout the movie, along with the emotional rollercoaster that the audience is put through as some characters are lost and others are introduced, all comes together nicely to produce a fantastic movie that may even surpass the first volume. And before you forget, as you experience the film for the first time, remember to keep an eye out for a Stan Lee cameo; after all, this is a Marvel movie.