Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is the Big Marvel movie releasing first in 2017, followed by Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thors: Ragnarok. It stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana in the lead with Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voicing for Rocket Raccoon and Baby Groot respectively. The first GOTG is claimed by many Marvel fans as the best superhero movie made in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (I beg to differ. For me, it would be Captain America: Civil War). However, the sequel is getting so so high a praise as the original, but still has its moments of superheroisms and hilarity.
The actions spectacles, the humour and the characters have been praised, especially those of Baby Groot, Yondu, Drax and Mantis. However, certain critics feel the plot has not been developed, and the main point of conflict is less interesting this time. Here are some of the top reviews…
“Be careful what you wish for. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 can’t match the sneak-attack surprise of its predecessor. You can only do that once. The good news, however, is that the followup, while taking on some CGI bloat and sequel slickness, hasn’t lost its love for inspired lunacy. Hanging with Quill and his mercenary space misfits is still everything you’d want in a wild summer ride.”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starts and ends as well as hoped, but it trips over itself a bit in the middle. Like most other “part 2” sequels in the MCU, this second chapter is pulled between the desire to be a more buttoned-down, character-focused picture (since it’s not the origin story, not the finale) and the financial demands of a film expected to deliver mega-budget thrills and major narrative consequence. Like The Winter Soldier (the best “part 2″ of the bunch), the film ends up throwing too much at the screen and becoming a victim of that post-Avengers edict that the stand-alone chapters be just as spectacular as the big team-up movies.”
“While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has a lot more problems in terms of pacing and storytelling than the first installment, it’s still very much a Guardians of the Galaxy movie. There’s no slavish need to tie this into every other movie in the franchise; in fact, this is probably one of the most standalone MCU movies in Phase 3. For all that it over-delivers on the things you love about Guardians of the Galaxy, they’re all still in there. In any other movie, the problems with Vol. 2 might have made for a much less satisfying film-going experience. But it’s hard to complain about another adventure with characters you love, and in that way Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 fully delivers.”
“The attitude toward all the violence and mayhem is mostly good-humored, casual and tossed off, which provokes a few good laughs and chuckles, and writer-director Gunn gets away with a lot of lame stuff simply by moving on quickly to the next gag or explosion. As before, his bluffly cynical, good-times attitude supplies a devil-may-care feel to the proceedings that’s quite appealing to audiences. But 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.”
“The new Guardians has some great jokes, and there’s a slow-motion moment set to Fleetwood Mac that almost lets viewers pretend they’re watching the original film again. And I’m sure it’s going to be the best space-opera you’ll be able to see in theaters until Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Star Wars: The Last Jedi roll around. But given that it’s following a film that was so instantly iconic and unforgettable, it’s tragic that so many people are likely to forget Vol. 2 before they’ve even left the theater.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 will release on May 5 in India.