The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage.
Just like the first one, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a winning and wonderfully relatable gem of crazy.
Gunn remains a wizard of a nearly impossible task. The ex-Troma director is ideally suited to transform what should be a hokey B-movie into one of Marvel s most audacious ongoing storylines.
Shot for shot, line and line, it s an extravagant and witty follow-up, made with the same friendly virtuosic dazzle. Yet this time you can sense just how hard the series wizard of a director, James Gunn, is working to entertain you.
It s still a good Marvel movie (at times, a very good one), but it s a come down from the dizzying highs of the first installment. The laughs are still there, but they re less involuntary.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 plays like a second ride on a roller-coaster that was a real kick the first time around but feels very been-there/done-that now.
Apart from the pleasure in seeing old characters in new ways, there s also all the eye candy surrounding them. Marvel has never stinted on special effects, but this film is practically psychedelic.
Vol. 2 is filler, to be sure, but if you like the flavor of these movies, you ll enjoy this second bite.
The characters are still fun to be around, the one-liners are still sharp and the soundtrack is, of course, terrific.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes at us grinning from ear-to-ear for nearly two and a half hours. It s high on its own supply.
Gunn s soundtrack picks also come as a surprise and work exceptionally well -- there s a scene where Star-Lord and Baby Groot cozy up while listening to Cat Stevens Father and Son that might find you looking for a hanky underneath your popcorn tub.