Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ★★★★★

The final act in this is one of the best in any comic book movie ever. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 finds a great balancing act between developing the main characters and advancing the storyline, and everything hits home perfectly in this fourth watch.

Kurt Russell's Ego doesn't get as much love as he should - he's one of the more developed Marvel villains and probably at this point in the franchise a contender for a favourite (On a side note, I seriously hope the MCU does something more with Stallone and Michelle Yeoh's characters at some point!). The way this film builds and explores what makes these characters great and plays to their weaknesses really helps the interactions between them shine, and there's a reason why there's probably at least 3 scenes in this film that are among my favourite comic book movie scenes ever.

The soundtrack is pitch-perfect and an improvement on the first film. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as a whole, benefits from the heart and care that it gives the characters. Without Nebula and Gamora's arc that the two share in this film, Infinity War would not have been anywhere near as effective as it was, particularly when it comes to Karen Gillan and Zoe Saldana's performances here, with both getting the best out of each other. And on top of this it's worth mentioning once again just how incredible Michael Rooker is as Yondu.

One of Marvel's very best. It might even replace The First Avenger as the best of this franchise.

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