Like most people, I found "Guardians of the Galaxy" to be clever, irreverent, and highly enjoyable. During a somewhat lackluster 2014 summer movie season, it was a breath of fresh air. Expectations for the sequel couldn’t be higher, with box-office experts already predicting that it will be the biggest movie of the summer.
For the sequel, director James Gunn doubles down on what audiences loved about the first film, filling this sequel to the brim with 70s soft rock tunes and 80s TV show references. Did you like the post-credits scene in the last movie? This time around, you’ll get five of them. It’s entirely too eager to please, but it’s still more charming and amusing than your average superhero sequel.
The silly, one-off jokes represent the best of the movie. On the other side of the coin, the plot is incredibly dull and gloomy.
Each character gets their time to shine, but I wish that these characters shared more moments together. It’s a perfectly solid summer movie, but "Guardians 2" is notably less fun than its predecessor.
Verdict: 2.5 out of 4 stars