Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ★★★½

Fathers and sons, you know the plot, its that other super hero plot that isn't about big holes in the sky threatening planets.

But it retains a fair amount of the charm of the original while being a faithful take on cosmic marvel that is actually far more coherent and fun than all those Jim Starlin, steve Gerber and Steve Englehart stories it owes so much to. It actually manages to be a fairly sraightforward and enjoyable Ego the Living planet story, in a 200 million dollar movie, strange times we live in.

You can probably tell I'm coming to this as a recovering Kirby obsessive who spent a fair amount of the late 80s mainlining old marvel stuff. I'm not sure all the pleasures I got from it were cineaste ones, but it looked good in IMAX and I genuinely think the (basic) narrative is told more competently than in a lot of these things.

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