Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is a fun enjoyable movie. I think, having watched both one and two almost back-to-back, that overall the first one's better but not by much. Two goes deeper into the characters and the last third of the movie is better and packs much more of an emotional punch. I think that what keeps this from being better than the first is that for the first hour, Marvel's trying too hard. There is too much bathroom humor for my liking that I think should've been cut and the other humor seems a bit forced at times. However, at it's heart, this is a movie about family, particularly fathers and sons. The ending is rather sad (I won't spoil it any further). The music, as usual is excellent and integrates into the plot much more than the first with songs such as Brandy (Looking Glass), The Chain (Fleetwood Mac), and Father and Son (Cat Stevens) being very much integrated into the plot. A fun opening leads to a slow, deep middle before ending with a fun final battle that at the end will rug at the heartstrings. All in all a good movie.

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