Run time: 136 mins
At this point Marvel can roll out their most obscure collection of characters and a hit is almost certain.
And when this band of space scallywags became an immediate success in 2014, part two was inevitable. Kickstarting proceedings into gear with infant plant alien, Groot (still the voice of Vin Diesel), dancing to ELO’s Mr. Blue Sky, as the rest of the gang: Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) Drax (Dave Bautista), and, Rocket Raccoon (voice of Bradley Cooper) are fighting a giant space squid; Vol. 2 knows how to make an entrance.
They come into contact with Quill’s father (Kurt Russell), a space deity called Ego. He’s been searching for his son to help him with important galaxy chores. Quill, naturally, is thrilled to finally meet his only living relative; the other Guardians have their doubts that Ego is indeed the all-loving space hippy he appears to be. Just like its predecessor, Vol. 2 is like an expensive Flash Gordon with a kick-ass soundtrack. It makes very good use of Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain. (Jack Whiting)