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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that's almost as fun -- if not quite as thrillingly fresh -- as its predecessor.

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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-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

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Chris Pratt
as Peter Quill/Star-Lord
Bradley Cooper
as Rocket Raccoon
Vin Diesel
as Baby Groot
Sean Gunn
as Kraglin
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Critic Reviews for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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In Marvel lingo, Guardians 2 feels like a great six-issue arc, the kind of storytelling that used to be the backbone of superhero comics.

June 16, 2017 | Full Review…

As Baby Groot's companions battle the tentacular horror in the background, we're treated to the delightful spectacle of the mini-veggie juking his way through "Mr. Blue Sky" in the opening credits.

May 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Let's hope that Vol. 3 recaptures the fizz of the original, instead of slumping into the most expensive group-therapy session in the universe.

May 8, 2017 | Full Review…

[Yondu's] presence kicks the idling movie into gear, and into a final third act for which all of the previous meandering can be forgiven - and the talk of family finally accrues the weight the film has been trying to put on it.

May 5, 2017 | Full Review…

The reunion of the Guardians cements Pratt's mega-stardom. He has a shaggy young Kurt Russell vibe (think Big Trouble in Little China,). And Russell himself is a great addition to the ensemble, providing a dose of kick-back, kick-ass action

May 5, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Director James Gunn has a vision and he puts it across, but it ain't pretty.

May 5, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Writer/ Director James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy" from 2014 (wow, that was fast) is not only the best entry in Marvel's box office-busting Cinematic Universe in my opinion; it's one of my favorite films of this decade full stop. Gunn's hand-made aesthetic and an ever-present love for his characters and source material (along with stunning technical merits, gorgeous effects and color palette, game cast, and perfect comedic timing) cemented "Guardians" as the pleasant surprise of the year and a bonafide critical smash. Expectation were justifiably sky high for a follow up, then in steps "Vol.2." Luckily Gunn and co. stick the landing with only some leg wobble. Yeah, much of the surprise is gone. We know these characters and we know the quirks. But the characters are still fun to be around and the quirks a joy to roll with in an MCU of near endless iterations and routines. Most satisfying, the ensemble of outcasts (our heroes) have evolved from the last outing. Rocket isn't just comedic relief. Baby Groot isn't overused. Drax is as giddy as a hyena. If Starlord isn't as charming or charismatic as the last time it's because his relationship with his father, Ego (Kurt Russell), is the dramatic center of the show. Gamora is underutilized but her subplot with her sister Nebula hit home. Most surprising is Yondu (Michael Rooker); who is given so much depth and emotional gravitas that he emerges as the most memorable aspect of the film... and maybe even the single best thing about this installment. Unlike it's predecessor, "Vol.2" is a comedy first, and a space opera second. This is a bit of a problem, especially in the first act. Vol.1 used humor to spice up a believable sci-fi world and awesome characters. Here, it feels forced: notably in a first half hour that's part franchise reintroduction and part stand-up routine.

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Michael S

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Set to dominate the Marvel Universe, the Guardians offers filmic excitement and involvement of only the best variety of popcorn thrills. Get ready to watch it again, even as you watch it for the first time.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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The Guardian's second adventure around is a subplot mosaic of familial drama crudely strung together by a larger story of universal takeover by an all-powerful space god. More than often this makes the narrative feel like a bumpy ride at best but Marvel makes great strides to smooth things outs with extravagant set pieces and a shotgun of laughs. GotG2 creates intrigue by juxtaposing the seemingly small nature of personal dramas and putting it on a backdrop of extraordinary scale that is the great expanse of space. The final product often finds balance within its visual ecstasy and comedic punchlines but really isn't as cohesive or funny as it believes to be. Nevertheless it's a truly commendable entry into the MCU and refreshing in that it doesn't have the same conventional film-making issues of their other franchises.

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Drake Tsui

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