Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Let's take a short break from what is going to swiftly become a small deluge of television reviews, and talk about a film currently out in cinemas: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the long awaited sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy and the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Long-time readers of this blog, or really just anyone who has talked to me about the MCU, will know that Guardians of the Galaxy is my favourite film in the Marvel canon of live-action films: It was a lively, fun space opera that its creators were clearly passionate about, with a cool modernised-80s aesthetic, enough comedy and action to keep me hooked, and an at least halfway decent (if not especially groundbreaking) plot. Chris Pratt -- who has now seemingly committed himself to turning audiences against him by making baffling remarks about how white men are under-represented in films -- was the surprise breakout actor of 2014, and it wasn't difficult to see why.