The first press screenings of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 were held on Monday night in Los Angeles and New York. While full reviews are embargoed until April 24th, the first spoiler-free reactions have been posted online. Hit the jump to find out what the first critics thought of James Gunn’s Marvel sequel.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Reviews: Early Twitter Reactions
Peter Sciretta: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is funnier than the original, has a ton of surprises and an unexpected emotional profoundness. Mantis and Drax steal the movie. James Gunn pushes the boundaries of both Disney and Marvel. The music on Awesome Mix 2 is great and has some deeper tracks than vol 1. I’m not sure it’s better than the original, but it’s definitely a winner. I am Groot.
Angie Han: I say without hyperbole: #GotGVol2 is MCU at its very best. Grand adventure with intimate stakes. Uses every damn color in the crayon box. ???? Baby Groot is cuter than you can possibly imagine, Star-Lord reminds me why I liked Pratt, but YONDU ???????? is the real standout. #GotGVol2 is a movie to watch with your best friends, your family, your significant other: the people who make you feel at home. ????
Germain Lussier: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is filled with tons of surprises and an unexpected amount of emotion. Another Marvel winner. [Is it better than Vol 1?] Hard to say on first viewing. I certainly liked one more on first viewing, but this has layers that will grow on you.
Steven Weintraub: 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.
Erik Davis: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is exciting, funny, gorgeous & a helluva tearjerker. For many, it will become their new favorite Marvel movie. There’s more beauty & depth & ’80s love in GUARDIANS VOL. 2 than any of the Marvel movies. It’s like a water-color acid trip full of awesome. Also, there are more than two post-credits scenes in #GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol2, so stay in yo seats. And watch the credits closely! Props to @JamesGunn for the CHEERS references & the Sam Cooke. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a movie for me.
Mike Ryan: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2. is very fun. Takes the EMPIRE “split up your characters” strategy. Drax is a hoot. Baby Groot steals the show. Also: Come for the movie, stay for the not one, not two, not three, but *four* post credit scenes.
Haleigh Foutch: 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.
Umberto Gonzalez: Just got out of seeing #GotGVol2 My goodness what an experience! Absolutely loved it & you guys will too! Can’t wait to see again!
Eric Eisenberg: Had tons of fun with Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Incredibly funny, beautifully colorful, and great continuations of the heroes. Super happy!
Silas Lesnick: The first film set a very, very high bar and I’m thrilled to report that #GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol2 does not disappoint in the slightest!
Ash Crossan: I feel like I just escaped into space for hours and didn’t have a care in the world. #GotGVol2
Dan Casey: Holy smokes was Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 fun! I had a smile plastered on my face nearly the whole time. Tons of Easter eggs too.
Jeff Goldsmith: Really loved @Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 – great sense of humor & quite a fun film to watch as well! Can’t say more until embargo breaks
Luis Lecca: Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 was so much AWESOME your head will explode. I MUST WATCH IT AGAIN!
Brandon Davis: Damn. I loved Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. @JamesGunn is a hero, and surprise faces steal the show.
Anna Klassen: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2 is a lot of fun. Action-packed & even more classic ’70s/early ’80s music cues.
Daniel Alter: Marvel always wins. Always. #GotGVol2 What a ride. What an emotional movie. What great characters. They’re just getting started.
Aaron Couch: Don’t think I’ve heard so much laughter at a press screening. People seemed to really be digging Guardians Vol. 2. Can’t say more (yet)
There are however a few people who didn’t seem to love the movie:
Jeff Sneider: 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. The problem w/ GOTG2 is that the VFX threaten to swallow the film, which is way too long & too reliant on music cues. Too much family drama. G-team is too split up. Didn’t care about Star-Lord & his Dad or Gamora & her sister. Leads not as fun as Rocket, Drax, Yondu or Baby Groot. Again, these films aren’t really for me, & I think the target audience (the people who’d appreciate FOUR mid-credit scenes) will eat it up. I will say that I loved @PomKlementieff as Mantis, a great addition to the sequel who had strong chemistry with Drax. More of her, please!
Simon Thompson: #GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol2. It was okay; I didn’t love it. It lacks a lot of what made the original so tight. Drax and Groot are highlights.
— KristianHarloff (@KristianHarloff) April 18, 2017
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