Why critics are saying 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' is the 'most fun' movie this year

Ever since the original “Guardians of the Galaxy” film came out in summer 2014, Marvel fans, movie fans, and Chris Pratt fans have been impatiently awaiting the sequel.

Luckily it hits theatres Friday. Overall, critics are loving it. The spirit of the film, the memorable personalities, and the modern music made “Guardians of the Galaxy” feel fresh, special, and unlike any other Marvel film. Critics agree that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” doesn’t disappoint.

While the film doesn’t feel as fresh as the original, it’s still a must-see.

Here’s what critics are saying about “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”:

It's just like the first -- and that's a good thing.

Marvel

'All sequels repeat the best tricks of their predecessors, but director James Gunn's choice of tricks is way more fun than most.' -- Slate

It maintains the spirit of the original that fans loved so much.

Marvel

'Like many a sequel to a slam-bang, much-liked mega-hit, 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' isn't quite as much fun, not quite as clever, not quite as fresh as the original -- but it still packs a bright and shiny and sweet punch.' -- Chicago Sun-Times

Like the first, it's movie magic.

Marvel

'The most fun I've had in a theatre this year and as much fun as the original. This is the kind of fun that made me love movies as a kid and is why I keep reviewing film.' -- Tri-City Herald

It's visually stunning.

Marvel

'It's hyperbolic nonsense wrapped in the colours of a neon rainbow, bouncing from one artfully wacky scenario to the next. Here it's sleekly futuristic, there it's older than mud. It's the galaxy's silliest thrill show.' -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's one of the best sequels in years.

Marvel

'Gunn has given us a rousing piece of entertainment with plenty of action, ingenious ideas, and visual effects to engage us at every level. That's as much as anyone could ask of a movie, let alone a sequel.' -- Leonard Maltin

But some are saying the story isn't as fun as those visuals.

Disney

''Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' certainly has its attractions, but most of them are visual rather than narrative.' -- New York Times

The narrative is a little clunky, but overall its successes outweigh its flaws.

Disney/Marvel

''Vol. 2' might have been a bit more focused. Still, it's an imaginative romp that once again reflects Gunn's unique and irreverent sensibility.' -- St. Louis Dispatch

'If it's overstuffed in the way of most sequels, well, at least it's stuffed with good cheer.' -- New York Post

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