- Actors: Vin Diesel (Voice), Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana
- Directors: James Gunn
- Format: Blu-ray
- Language: English
- Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: The Walt Disney Company Australia Pty Ltd
- DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 2017
- Run Time: 135 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- ASIN: B075JYNW92
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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol 2 (Blu-ray)
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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
- Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
- 2h 16min
Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord
Zoe Saldana as Gamora
Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
Vin Diesel as Baby Groot
Bradley Cooper as Rocket
Pom Klementieff as Mantis
Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha
Karen Gillan as Nebula
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
Old foes become new allies and fan-favourite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
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So how are they able to follow up such a fresh and innovative space opera without disappointing everyone who loved the first one? Well, with a lot more of the same -- while the concept behind it no longer feels as groundbreaking, James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2" is a complicated tale of mutiny, family drama, friendship and self-aware planets, heavily laced with humor and more than a little angst.
Three months after the first movie, the Guardians of the Galaxy are doing odd jobs to live up to their new group name. But then Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) filches some very explosive batteries from a snobby golden people called the Sovereign, and their enraged High Priestess (Elizabeth Debicki) sends a fleet of ships to destroy them. But they're unexpectedly rescued by a mysterious and powerful person named Ego (Kurt Russell), who claims to be the long-lost father of Peter Quill (Chris Pratt).
So while Peter, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista) are getting to know Ego on his private planet -- which also happens to be his body -- Rocket and the adorable Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) become enmeshed in a Ravager mutiny that leaves Yondu (Michael Rooker) without a command. Also, Nebula (Karen Gillan) is still alive and coming after Gamora for reasons only she really understands. Things will all come to a head on Ego's planet, where Peter must determine his own destiny and find out who his real family is.
It was probably inevitable that "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" wasn't going to feel as fresh and innovative as the first, if nothing else because audiences now had expectations. They had seen a wild, colorful, funny space opera, so the standards would be higher. But for the most part, James Gunn delivers a tale almost as entertaining as the first one, and still with plenty of wacky humor and innovative sci-fi moments (Baby Groot dancing merrily while his friends battle an interdimensional space octopus).
And "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" knows how to keep that colorful, funky atmosphere that they had before, with Ego's almost psychedelic planet, the wild space battles involving arcade ships, a severed toe, and especially a scene of mass murder that is almost comically fun. This is a crew who, in the middle of a climactic battle, will stop and have an argument about who has Scotch tape, and even the serious action moments have an undercurrent of joie de vivre ("I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!").
However, the story has a darker, more personal edge, with more death and personal loss interwoven through it, such as Nebula recounting the horror stories of how she became the half-crazed cyborg she is now. And just as adeptly as he handles the lighter stuff, Gunn handles moments of dread and loss without becoming maudlin or silly. The downside? Well, it seems a little heavy on the friendship/family and "I use my heart" speeches, which get a bit soppy at times. We don't need it spelled out.
This is very much a movie about personal relationships -- especially Pratt as a lonely man who finally finds the father he resented/wanted all these years, and Russell has the right combination of warmth, humor and ruthlessness to play Ego brilliantly. Saldana plays her role this time more as the center of the team, being the most mature of them and the most reasonable, while Bautista's Drax shows off his sillier side ("My nipples!") and bonds with the timid empath Mantis on a very non-romantic level.
Of special note: Rooker and Cooper, whose characters are both explored more as they reveal how similar they really are, especially since Rocket's self-destructive tendencies cause a lot of problems for the Guardians. Don't worry, he's still an absolute riot ("That's why you don't like hats?").
It may not be as groundbreaking as the first movie, but "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" enriches and rounds off the Guardians' adventures -- more craziness, more wildness, and more touching moments that expand the characters.