A little late to the party, I know, but I saw Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 last night. I had read nothing about the plot, no spoilery articles, and was thoroughly entertained. So I intend to offer the same courtesy with my write up.
One of the joys of the first Guardians of the Galaxy was how the characters were so clearly drawn, distinct personalities. The sequel does not disappoint in that area. Some of the characters get new roles—the image above shows Yandu and Nebula with the Guardians. But they’re still the same characters, with the same motivations, even if evolved.
As with the first movie, although the Guardians are based on Marvel characters who, well, save the galaxy, this is really a science fiction/space opera fantasy far more than a “superhero” film with capes and cowls. One criticism is that since we know the characters, it’s not quite as fresh and surprising as the original. Yes, we know who the guardians are now, but that doesn’t mean this movie is weak. The direction, the acting, the writing, and the production values are all extremely high. There are moments that look a bit overly “computer animated” to me, but in general the effects are excellent, the action is exciting, and the plot holds up. Even the four (yes, four) cut scenes in the credits are entertaining. If you enjoyed the first one, Marvel movies, or science fantasy in general, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be a fun ride.