Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ★★

After 15 films, Marvel have proved they've still failed to master the art of making a decent first sequel to their films, Winter Soldier notwithstanding.

This time, we're back with Peter Quill and his band of A-holes as relationships blossom and are put to the test with Starlord at the centre of these.

His quest to find out who his father is results in a crossing of paths with Ego (Kurt Russell), who has a revelation that shakes Peter to his very core while showing him what he's truly capable of.

Unfortunately, it's nothing we haven't seen before. Marvel have taken everything that was fresh and organic about GotG and recycled it to to the point the sequel already feels stale and uninspired - despite a glorious opening sequence with Baby Groot the focal point.

Visually, Vol.2 is - by some distance - the most beautiful-looking film Marvel have created. And the 3D is pretty good, too. It's such a shame that opening, the aesthetics and the Vol.2 mixtape are the best thing about it.

While it's entertaining in places, there's just too little that's engaging. Even the jokes feel either tired or they never know when to end. That's not to say there aren't some very good moments - one involving Yondu is enough to bring a tear to a glass eye. But these moments are few and far between.

Also, with FIVE mid (& post)-credit scenes, there's a smugness to it that is never really earned.

As it is, Vol.2 is an entertaining and psychedelic shot of cinematic sugar. It'll give you some highs but ultimately leave you feeling unfulfilled.