Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Well, it’s a good time at the movies but not as good as the first one — it’s glossier, more calculated, less gleefully unpredictable. Worse, Vol. 2 feels as hemmed in by expectations as Vol. 1 felt free of them. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes, this is probably still my favorite neighborhood, but the rents are definitely going up, and its old devil-may-care atmosphere and subversive character are being replaced by wave after wave of aggressively upscale feel-good vibes.

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