The Guardians of the Galaxy sequel brings back the uniquely quirky cast we love in a comedy-packed action movie, writes Christopher Orr of the Atlantic. In his view, the movie refreshingly explores family relationships, for example the fatherly role that Yondu plays to Quill. The snarky characters are as sharp as ever with brilliant one-liners and ludicrous pop-culture references that bring scenes to life, suggests Orr. Great actions scenes and engaging soundtracks set scenes beautifully, showing off the movie’s diverse qualities. Orr feels that the combination of action, story and humor in Vol. 2 give every viewer something to enjoy.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 fails in imitating its predecessor’s success with witless jokes, poor character development and generic plot devices, argues Kyle Smith of National Review. In his view, James Gunn’s writing leaves much to be desired with overused penis and nipple jokes and an unsophisticated storyline. The movie’s one romantic relationship, between Peter and Gamora, is devoid of mutual displays of affection, rather relying on Quill pointing out their apparent closeness, making it hard for viewers to get invested in it. The plot seems to follow a direction that we have seen before and brings little new to the table, infers Smith.