Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Back to His Groots. Peter Quill Learns More about His Family History in a Bigger and Better Sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (12a) Hhhh H

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Back to His Groots. Peter Quill Learns More about His Family History in a Bigger and Better Sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (12a) Hhhh H

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PRODIGAL sons with tortured family histories repeatedly emerge from the panels of comic books with superhero destinies.

Kal-El is driven to protect Metropolis by the loss of his home planet Krypton; the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne on the streets of Gotham compel master Bruce to don the cowl of rough justice; orphan Peter Parker web-slings with a vengeance after his Uncle Ben is slain, and Tony Stark inherits the means to fashion Iron Man's armoury when his parents perish in a car accident.

In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, wisecracking thief-for-hire Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) learns the agonising truth about his twisted lineage to a 1970s-heavy soundtrack including - pointedly - Father And Son by Cat Stevens.

Bigger by eight minutes and marginally better than its supremely entertaining predecessor, writer-director James Gunn's rollicking sequel blends a lip-smacking cocktail of irreverent humour, heart-tugging sentiment and spectacular action sequences.

Affectionate pop culture nods to Knight Rider, Cheers and Pac-Man jive enthusiastically next to running gags about male pride and human frailty, plus teasing quips at the expense of illtempered raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), who is dismissed as a "trash panda" and "triangle-faced monkey".

In the first film, Peter (Pratt) escaped the clutches of space pirate Yondu (Michael Rooker) to galvanise a motley crew of mercenaries comprising greenskinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), vengeance-seeking warrior Drax (Dave Bautista), genetically engineered raccoon Rocket (Cooper) and cute tree-like sidekick Groot (Vin Diesel).

For the sequel's tongue-incheek opening salvo, expertly choreographed to ELO's footstomping anthem Mr Blue Sky, the Guardians face a razor-toothed beast that intends to steal the Anulax Batteries belonging to high priestess Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) and her Sovereign people. …

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