Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ★★★

Color me delighted with the opening post-title sequence, and count me in for the "parentage origins as an excuse for story expansion is a cliché" club. The greatest thing the film accomplishes through its extremely forced humor and effective character dynamics is MCU's cute evolution as seeming each time more cinematic like it happened with Branagh's 2010 god world and with Derrickson's 2016 metaphysical journey of magic and multi-dimensions. Like The Cell (2000), it seems like an excuse to show visuals; unlike the latter, it relies heavily on the foundations set by its predecessor, which were refreshing enough to... surpass the 3-star mark. Not a great accomplishment, I hear you think, and you are right, but again, the MCU average quality has become standardized, which is better than having the slope of a demand curve.


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