Much like the first film, we got to hand it out to director James Gunn who wrote and directed a well-balanced sequel - and relatively continuing Marvel Studio's own overarching success. Although the sequel feels all too familiar (which is kind of the trend nowadays); the effective use of witty humor, amazing character portrayal, and an in-sync pumping soundtrack makes this sequel excellent and enjoyable. I mean, why break something that works just fine. And of course, Gunn also created plenty of expansive story elements that depart from the original material source, especially the much-debated decision to replace Json with Ego, as the father of Quill. Not a problem for casual audiences anyway.
Meanwhile, on the more negative observation, first, I find that Drax's continuous banters involving genitalia are quite disturbing although funny - for sure, equally annoying too. Another buzz-killer in Volume 2, is the fact that the movie has finally does some justice for the villain, only to be torn down by a heap of recycled and formulaic (and also, occasionally very out-of-random villainous agenda) materials. Almost Marvel, almost! But then, Kurt Russell's version of Ego - the Living Planet ain't that bad after all. Lastly, I do not find myself attached to the whole sibling rivalry between Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) - I just thought it is weirdly resolved and acts more like a baggage than anything useful in here - just my thought!!
I'M MARY POPPINS, Y'ALL!!
theory how Mantis and Peter Quill could be related after all.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is another victory for the Marvel Studios, it is crazy enough with all those workable elements from the first film managed to make its way holding strong for the sequel. This is a sequel, a potent one, after all. Rating: A-