Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ★★★½

B

"There are two types of beings in the universe: those who dance, and those who do not."

The first one of these (at least predominantly) to escape the artistry-sucking, corporate cynicism of Disney's conveyor belt system, meaning that this actually realizes many of the elements these films often pretend to have. That of idiosyncratic images, whimsical sensibilities, minor emotional beats (ex: the familial conflict/trauma angle still feels somewhat strained), and a geeky bizarreness that resembles the color palette of a comic book - without looking washed-out & devoid of life. James Gunn, more so than before, is able to maintain a tonal balance that keeps the film's fantasy spectacle aligned with the pacing of its humor. Wonderful opening sequence.

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