Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
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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as Peter Quill/Star-Lord
as Rocket Raccoon
as Baby Groot
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Critic Reviews for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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.
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.
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.
[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.
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
Audience Reviews for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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.
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.
An entertaining sequel that offers a delightful combo of action and humor like the first movie, with a spectacular production design, an impeccable makeup and top-notch visual effects, even though it may feel a bit bloated and has a few structural bumps along the way.
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