Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 (2017)

After a spot of mischievous larceny by Rocket angers their most recent client, Ayesha, High Priestess of The Sovereign People, the Guardians find themselves fleeing from the Sovereign fleet and crash-land on a nearby planet thanks to Star-Lord and Rocket’s squabbling. But their argument is interrupted by the arrival of another ship, piloted by Ego (Kurt Russell), a being who claims to be Star Lord’s father.

“Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2” is, much like new addition Mantis (Pom Klementieff), something of an empathic mirror and if you love it, it will love you in return but if you’re minded to dislike it, it will give you a lot of ammunition to do so. For me it was a dazzling and full-blooded, if slightly too hardworking, follow-up to the original, in many ways successfully achieving the ‘not bigger, more personal’ stakes “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” reached for but fell just short of. The soundtrack’s pretty damn good too, as you’d expect. And while its five – yes, five – mid- and post-credits stingers may seem excessive and indulgent, what else would you expect from the Guardians Of The Frickin’ Galaxy?

Original review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 (2017) Review

Surprisingly no and there’s barely any mention of big purple bad Thanos either. In a way, “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2” has its sights set on what comes after “Avengers: Infinity War”…

Mantis (Pom Klementieff)

Apparently confirming a long-held fan theory, Stan Lee is revealed to be a Watcher, quite possibly Uatu himself. There are almost as many cameos as there are cast members in this movie: Sylvester Stallone, Michelle Yeoh, Ving Rhames, Michael Rosenbaum and Miley Cyrus pop up as the original Guardians line-up, Ben Browder of “Farscape” plays a Sovereign Admiral while Seth Green’s Howard The Duck appears once again and Rob Zombie hangs out in the background playing one of the Ravagers. Even David Hasselhoff makes an appearance as, er… David Hasselhoff.

As if the five mid- and post-credits scenes weren’t enough (Kraglin’s arrow practice, the OG Guardians getting the band back together, Teen Groot’s Vine addiction, another hint at Adam Warlock heading to the MCU and Uatu needing a lift) we also get a blink and you’ll miss it glimpse of The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) grooving to the end credits tunes, teasing the forthcoming “Thor: Ragnarok”.

Vin Diesel required no digital augmentation at all to provide Baby Groot and Teenage Groot’s voices.

 9/10 

  1. Avengers Assemble
  2. Guardians Of The Galaxy
  3. Iron Man
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  5. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
  6. Captain America: The First Avenger
  7. Captain America: Civil War
  8. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2
  9. Iron Man 2
  10. Iron Man 3
  11. Ant-Man
  12. Doctor Strange
  13. Thor: The Dark World
  14. Thor
  15. The Incredible Hulk
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6 thoughts on “Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 (2017)

    1. This one’s grown on me a lot, the more I watch it. Like you, I was a bit weirded out by not feeling that immediate rush of adoration that I had for the first one, but the more I watch it, the more I marvel at the job it did with Yondu and the emotional gut punch it magics out of nowhere at the end.

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      1. I watched it a second time and agree that it improves a little, but it didn’t sparkle like the first movie. I was most impressed by the CGI on young Kurt Russell. Looked amazing!

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