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First Impressions - Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol2
Marvel's next entry in their burgeoning universe has hit the cinemas, time for a (mostly) spoiler-free review. I do want to discuss one of the central themes of the plot though so if you want to go in blind then leave now!

I really enjoyed the first Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG) movie... so much so that it took the pressure off Star Wars: The Force Awakens later that year, I wassci-fi satisfied and if SW:TFA bombed then at least I had Guardians. When Vol 2 came out, I waited in line with high hopes and apprehension.GotG was always an off the wall concept, no one knew if it would "work"... would it really be so easy to recreate that magic?

You won't have to wait long to be able to answer that question, thanks to possibly one of the greatest title sequences I've ever seen (oddly reminding me of Telltale Games' Tales of the Borderlands). This sequence has everything you could want from a Guardians movie and the rest of the film maintains that standard. A spectacular soundtrack sets the pace for thrilling action, gorgeous visuals filled with likeable characters and punctuated by well balanced comedy... although some jokes depend on your outlook on turds and penises there is also one joke that might just be the best use of Marvel's relationship with Disney. That's a lot to cram into a film with 5 main characters but somehow there's still time for character development for each Guardian and even more thanks to some surprisingly touching insights into a few characters that maybe didn't get a chance to shine the first time round.

This outing stays true to the themes of the first, mainly exploring the sense of family that being a Guardian of the Galaxy brings. A father/son relationship in a sci-fi setting may be Star Wars' trademark but boy does it have more emotional impact in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The feels are real(s).
There's an artful, often hilarious vein of 80's references and style running through the movie that explodes in the mind-blowing finale.

If you enjoyed the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie then you NEED to see this one... if you hated it then Vol2 most likely isn't for you either. If somehow you didn't see the first one then it's probably the best place to start so you can get a feel for the characters and some of the zanier aspects of this arm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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