In a matter of days, James Gunn's eagerly anticipated sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 will be released in cinemas and it's safe to say that fans are excited to see what the titular cosmic gang have been up to. Following the huge success of the 2014 movie, expectations of the Marvel Studios' outing are exceedingly high, and judging by the first reactions from preview screenings it does not disappoint.
So what did the film get right? Here's what critics and journalists took to Twitter to say following the respective events in Los Angeles and New York on Monday 17 April...
As expected, Vin Diesel's Baby Groot was mentioned in a fair few comments, with many admitting that the tiny tree frequently one-up's Zoe Saldana's Gamora, Dave Bautista's Drax or Chris Pratt's Star-Lord. Bustle's Anna Klassen posted a cryptic nod to the character, saying "I am Groot. We ARE Groot" as Mike Ryan – from Uproxx – candidly said "Baby Groot steals the show." The latter also went on to confirm that there are four post-credit scenes after the film finishes.
Elsewhere, Slash Film's Peter Sciretta claimed that the sequel is "funnier than the original" and described it as having "an unexpected emotional profoundness", while Collider's Steven Weintraub said the movie "kept a smile on [his] face from beginning to end." Others described the movie as "action-packed," "lots of fun" and "another Marvel winner."
While most of the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, not everyone was raving about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 following the screenings. Jeff Sneider gave the film two and a half stars out of five, arguing that "you can't trust die-hard comic book fans" with movies like this and that it "isn't as good as the first."
Also starring Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Nathan Fillion and Kurt Russell as Star-Lord's dad, Ego, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is scheduled to reach UK cinemas on 28 April 2017 and 5 May in the US.