Perhaps not quite as fresh or fun as the original, but still very much a triumph of the Quill.
The Guardians get a welcome return to the big screen, which despite many positives, fails to match the dizzying heights of the original.
The Marvel superhero gang are back together – including Vin Diesel’s Baby Groot alongside Chris Pratt’s Quill – and while there’s plenty of comedy, it doesn’t really go anywhere.
Whereas the first Guardians was a little too flippant and full of in-jokes, the sequel somehow manages to give even the most outlandish comic book characters an interior life.
Tears, romance, turd jokes – it's all here, wrapped in a big messy bow.
It’s… fine. But the underdog element is missing this time around.
Tips over from self-confident to self-indulgent.
It is often vastly entertaining and there is plenty of whizz-bang fun in a film that feels like a bumper edition of classic sci-fi TV – a Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica.
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