Atlanta Movie Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is shaping up to be just as fun as the first time!


The sequel to 2014’s surprise smash Guardians of the Galaxy is destined to be one of the biggest opening weekends in film history. Piecing together the same rag tag team of players, including Chris PrattZoe Saldana, and franchise newcomer Kurt Russell, part two is winning critics’ praise.

Just as irreverent as the first time, GOTG2 follows the team as they embark on a new adventure. Directed by James Gunn, the film add another piece to the Marvel Cinematic Universe puzzle, with inklings of eventual cross-over events occurring with other beloved Marvel characters.

The consensus, so far, from critics is that GOTG2 is full of the same one-liners and creative action sequences as the first one. Plus, Baby Groot is almost too cute to handle.

And, where other Marvel movies fail to shine, in terms of plot, Gunn makes up for it with a story that packs a punch and never feels dull or overdone. The soundtrack is just as stellar as the movie, building on classic rock and delivering enough nostalgia to entertain any age group.

If there are any hangups with the flick, it’s that it wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the surprise success of the first film. Some of that bro humor found in the first film seemed revolutionary, in terms of other Marvel films, so it’s not as fresh or new here. It’s like seeing Johnny Depp suit up as Captain Jack Sparrow for a fifth movie. It’s just not quite the same as the first time around.

All in all, GOTG2 is bound to rake in the dough for Disney and Marvel and cement this team as the true set of Marvel superheroes we all need. Superhero movie fatigue is omnipresent at this point at the cinema, but GOTG2 keeps the genre fresh enough to matter.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is playing on standard, IMAX, 3D, and RPX screens this weekend.


If you want to skip the crowded theaters showing GOTG2, there are still a few other notable movies playing, including: The Lost City of Z (which we highly recommend) and Get Out (one of the year’s best, so far). Want to see what else is playing at Regal Atlantic Station? Check out the MOVIES page, or call (404) 347-9894!

See It: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Skip It: Everything Else

Scottie Knollin is a member of the Georgia Film Critics Association. Find more from Scottie at or on Twitter at @ScottieKnollin!