Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has yet to be released – it's out on 28th April – so don't go preparing for your epic Star Lord dance-off just yet. However the first reactions have started to trickle online, courtesy of an advance screening for American journalists that took place yesterday, and to say it's got a lot to live up to is an understatement.
The first Guardians came out of nowhere in July 2014 to make its mark as possibly the finest Marvel movie of them all: a pitch-perfect cocktail of self-aware humour, terrific action, memorable characters and a rocking soundtrack. Is there any way that Guardians 2 can possibly live up to this? Well let's find out from those journos lucky enough to have already watched it.
Collider's Steven Weintraub says the sequel doesn't so much live up to the original as exceed it. How's that for a strong start?
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 kept a smile on my face from beginning to end. Funny, action packed, emotional, and tons of surprises. Thumbs up. pic.twitter.com/aIz7Redwin— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 18, 2017
Fellow Collider writer Haleigh Foutch agrees.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a whole heap of fun. Gorgeous, a bit mad, and surprisingly emotional. And yes, Baby Groot is everything.— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) April 18, 2017
Anna Klassen, formerly of the Buzzfeed parish, says the movie is a treat for those who loved the first film's deliriously entertaining soundtrack.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2 is a lot of fun. Action-packed & even more classic '70s/early '80s music cues.— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) April 18, 2017
Slashfilm's Peter Sciretta says it's an across-the-board improvement on the first Guardians, and takes a cue from a certain key character.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is funnier than the original, a ton of surprises, and an unexpected emotional profoundness. I am Groot.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 18, 2017
Negative responses? In the interests of balance blogger Jeff Sneider says the movie fails to capture the charm of what went before.
Hate to be the Voice of Reason, but GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 isn't as good as the first. What felt fresh now feels forced. 2.5/4 stars— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) April 18, 2017
Well those a just a smattering of responses. As for the rest of us, we'll have to make up our own minds when Guardians Vol. 2 is released on 28th April.