Three years ago audiences were surprised, delighted, and awed by Guardians of the Galaxy; a film many warned was a risky move by Marvel Studios. James Gunn proved everyone wrong, creating a global success that even led to the Tower of Terror Disneyland ride being repurposed for GotG. Sequels are never easy, and there was a lot of pressure on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to deliver, and for the most part it does.
It’s impossible to talk about Vol. 2 without talking about Baby Groot. Vin Diesel is once again voicing this lovable plant-creature, and it’s impressive that he’s managed to make the voice so young and yet familiar. If you aren’t already a Baby Groot fan you’ll be won over by the opening scene; a laugh-out-loud, adorably funky nod to the original’s opening. It’s a smart move to give Baby Groot centre stage from the beginning, and not a surprise considering how heavily he featured in Vol. 2’s marketing. Baby Groot’s big eyes and expressive face are not only endearing but make it easy to know what he’s thinking, which for much of the film isn’t a lot. Baby Groot may be the ultimate loveable idiot.
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Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5
A strong sequel with the wacky heart of the first film, roll on Vol. 3.