Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ★★★★★

I didn't think they could possibly recapture the magic of the first movie, but here we are! G2 has its flaws: it suffers from a large cast that is frequently split into two storylines, and some of the fight scenes are a little too chaotic for me to properly track (fine occasionally, not every time). The movie also has some really sudden tonal shifts from comedy to heartfelt to very dark narrative, and it didn't always work.

That being said, the cast is great, the comedy writing in particular was really really great, and G2 was more of what we loved from the first movie while still feeling fresh and new.

Despite the flaws listed above, I'm still giving this movie 5 stars because it's the epitome of what a fun summer blockbuster should be.