Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 

2017. Directed by James Gunn.

By Brian Wallinger.  

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The follow up to the critically acclaimed 2014 hit film is a loud and clumsy effort to cash in on its predecessor. The film is predictable, repetitive, and lacks the charisma of the first. One thing that it does do well is character development while maintaining the comedic atmosphere that fans have come to expect.

It's nice to see veteran actor Kurt Russell in top form and nevertheless having a lot of fun in a major supporting role, though it is Bradley Cooper's Rocket Racoon and Michael Rooker's Yondu who steal the show, offering memorable dialogue between one another that is both hilarious and poignant.  

The film is an updated remake of your favorite '80s Nintendo game. The script is often flat, and the editing is unbalanced.  The action scenes are stunning, but nowhere close to the inventiveness of the first film.

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The script is unoriginal and feels more like watching cut scenes from a video game. Overall it is a fun film that boasts a solid soundtrack.  As a Marvel film it is average, as a Marvel Sequel, it is a set back. The credit stingers that Marvel is so well known for are mundane and i found some of the cameos to be unnecessary.  Ultimately, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 finds itself relying on dragged out jokes, while nostalgia alone isn't enough to bring the end product full circle. The energy is there, you can feel the excitement and the warmth, but everything is clustered together under a poorly written screenplay.

☆☆1/2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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