Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ★★★½

I wasn't sure what to make of this.

After a fun opening it seemed to be a bit aimless. It was consistently fun but seemed a bit frivolous - stuff just seemed to be happening cos it was cool or funny rather than there being much of a plot. This wasn't helped by the Awsome Mix Vol 2 feeling incredibly shoehorned in, lacking the impact of the songs in the original film.

However, once the pieces fell into place and the (quite inventive) big finale kicked in I was fully onboard and completely emotionally invested.

Now I know what to expect I think a second watch will be very rewarding, especially if viewed back-to-back with Vol 1 (since they take place only a couple of months apart).

I feel James Gunn missed two big chances to advance the larger MCU story but they were touched upon and I expect seeds that are sown in this film will have big ramifications down the line.

I remain fascinated to see the Guardians when they next appear in the MCU in Avengers: Infinity War!

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