Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will open in theatres everything in just another few weeks, and you can cut the excitement with a knife. There are a lot of high hopes for the film, and that’s not just true of the fans, but with the critics too, so there was a lot riding on the first press screening for GOTG2 and the immediate reaction of some of the internet’s most well-known and trusted film experts. So what did they think? As you’ll see below, there’s a lot of praise, but be warned, there are still a couple of Doubting Thomases.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is funnier than the original, has a ton of surprises and an unexpected emotional profoundness,” said /Film’s Peter Sciretta. “Mantis and Drax steal the movie. James Gunn pushes the boundaries of both Disney and Marvel. The music on Awesome Mix 2 is great and has some deeper tracks than vol 1. I’m not sure it’s better than the original, but it’s definitely a winner. I am Groot.”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 kept a smile on my face from beginning to end. Funny, action packed, emotional, and tons of surprises. Thumbs up,” adds Collider’s Steven Weintraub.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is very fun,” said Uproxx’s Mike Ryan. “Takes the Empire’s ‘split up your characters’ strategy. Drax is a hoot. Baby Groot steals the show. Also: Come for the movie, stay for the not one, not two, not three, but *four* post credit scenes.”
“Just got out of seeing #GotGVol2 My goodness what an experience!” enthused The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez. “Absolutely loved it & you guys will too! Can’t wait to see again!”
“Don’t think I’ve heard so much laughter at a press screening,” observed Aaron Couch of The Hollywood Reporter. “People seemed to really be digging Guardians Vol. 2. Can’t say more (yet).”
But there are a few holdouts. Most notably The Tracking Board’s Jeff Sneider who went into a lot of detail (for Twitter) about his issues with the film. “Hate to be the Voice of Reason, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 isn’t as good as the first,” he said. “What felt fresh now feels forced. 2.5/4 stars.
“The problem w/ GOTG2 is that the VFX threaten to swallow the film, which is way too long & too reliant on music cues,” he continued. “Too much family drama. G-team is too split up. Didn’t care about Star-Lord & his Dad or Gamora & her sister. Leads not as fun as Rocket, Drax, Yondu or Baby Groot. Again, these films aren’t really for me, & I think the target audience (the people who’d appreciate FOUR mid-credit scenes) will eat it up. I will say that I loved @PomKlementieff as Mantis, a great addition to the sequel who had strong chemistry with Drax. More of her, please!”
Collider co-host Kristian Harloff was more succinct.
— KristianHarloff (@KristianHarloff) April 18, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens on May 5.