In 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy crashed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a band of renegade misfits who poked fun at their serious superhero peers with disparaging banter and a kick-ass soundtrack.
If Vol. 1 was an exciting, thrilling take on what could have been a B-movie space opera, Vol. 2 definitely packs the same type of punch — but not everyone wanted to hear the same record a second time.
That's the biggest complaint of critics who saw James Gunn's intergalactic space epic, which reunites our rag-tag group of heroes played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Dave Bautista.
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Reviewers still considered Vol. 2 a breath of fresh air in a crowded superhero cinemascape, as the sequel brought back the same irreverent tone, disdainful banter, and action sequences flawlessly synched up to classic rock songs.
But the formula that was so revolutionary in Vol. 1 seemed slightly stale the second go-around — but that doesn't at all mean Vol. 2 will leave fans disappointed. (Just don't expect it to be better than the OG!)
See what the critics had to say (below) — and check out Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 in theaters May 5!