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The Honcho Round-Up #18: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – What the critics think

By Alex Wiggan

Hi heroes!

It’s movie time again and today it’s the turn of the Guardians of the Galaxy! And for those trying their best to avoid spoilers, fear not, this is a SPOILER FREE special edition of the Honcho Round-Up.

Following the success of Marvel Studio’s first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, this second helping reunites the team – Star-lord, Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax – along with a few other favourites, for round two. The film promises more action, more fun and another kick-ass soundtrack…

…but is it any good?

Keen to keep you in the loop, we’ve rounded up a selection of critical opinions to give you an idea of what you’re in for when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits cinemas later this week.

The results are mostly very positive.

Here’s what they had to say:

  • Metro’s Adam Starkey was a big fan of GotG 2, awarding the movie four stars (out of five) and claiming it to be “Marvel’s new gold standard.” He said: “This is a brighter, bolder and more imaginative sequel which elevates its characters and dodges many of Marvel’s pitfalls.”
  • Owen Gleiberman of Variety was not so impressed with this second adventure for the Guardians. He said: “The difference between the first “Guardians” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is that the new movie is flush with what a big deal it is. Ironically, that makes it a smaller deal.”
  • Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian was also less than impressed, giving the movie a middle of the road three stars (out of five), and saying “while there’s plenty of comedy, it doesn’t really go anywhere.”
  • Peter Travers of Rolling Stone also awarded GotG 2 three stars (out of five), but said: “Remarkably, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 still has the loosey-goosey feel of a rogue epic that the kids made when the grown-ups weren’t watching. Only a turd blossom could resist it.” We think this is praise.
  • Speaking of praise, Chris Hewitt of Empire gave the movie four stars (out of five) and said that director James Gunn has “done it again.” He said: “There’s plenty to enjoy here, whether it’s the perfectly deployed Baby Groot moments, or a general strain of anarchic weirdness that runs all the way through the credits and which still feels unique to this franchise, not just within the MCU, but blockbusters in general. It’s easy to overlook the odd off note when a mix is this awesome.”
  • Robbie Collin of the Telegraph also gave Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 four stars (out of five), noting it’s “gooey euphoria.”
  • And finally, Huw Fullerton of the Radio Times also serves up a four star review, calling it “a funny, imaginative and surprisingly soulful adventure in space.”

So, there you go, seven review snippets about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. For more critical round-ups, including reviews for Logan, Kong: Skull Island, Power Rangers and Beauty and the Beast, check out our past posts.

Until next time, take care.

Your pals at the Honcho-SFX blog.




About the author: Alex Wiggan has written blog posts for Honcho-SFX blog since October 2014. He likes writing, eating pizza and watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sometimes in that order.


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