'Guardians' sequel blasts off to $17M on opening night

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit theaters last night with sneak preview screenings playing all over the United States.

The opening for "Guardians Vol. 2", made for about $200 million, is the second largest of the year, following Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" ($174.8 million).

And then there's the biggest character of them all: Ego (Kurt Russell), who's actually a planet but who materializes in the form of, well, Kurt Russell.

It's hard to give an age appropriateness level on the film, considering I don't know you or your children and how they handle certain things, but 14 or 15 and above seems to be a safe range.

The movie definitely earns the rating, but I don't think it was borderline R. However, some may see it that way when it comes to language, tone and violence. It's an unlikely, on-the-nose comparison that does more harm than good to the emotional foundation Gunn tries to create.

Of course, the Disney Studio Store next door was also stocked with plenty of Guardians merch, including the adorable Baby Groot. This will be one long story made up of three movies. Furthermore, the rest of the soundtrack doesn't offer as many memorable moments.

"All sequels repeat the best tricks of their predecessors, but director James Gunn's choice of tricks is way more fun than most". And I'm not just talking about flashes, but entire scenes-like that whole sequence involving Baby Groot and the detonation device. Get cracking, or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be out before you're done. That's when he delivers the line about not being his father, but being his "daddy". That being said, many wondered about whether or not the third film would take place before "Avengers: Infinity War". There's a point in the film where Yondu's Ravagers turn against him and lock him and Rocket in a cell.

Actor Michael Rooker also returns as the space pirate Yondu Udonta, who becomes arguably the movie's most memorable character.

If you're one of the millions of Canadians with a Netflix subscription, you're very much in luck. In some ways, Vol. 2 is truly a film about family, and the final half the movie does show a quasi-reconciliation between Gamora and Nebula.

The one relationship that doesn't quite feel as deep as it should in order to stick the landing in the end is that of Peter Quill and his Celestial father Ego.

Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot did it again.

Does this all mean that the Marvel films are ideal and that there is no room for them to improve? These characters are more than just another group of self-serious, do-gooder, two-dimensional superheroes. The betrayal hurts, but it's still missing the twist of the knife to leave a scar.

Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2". It's a riot of sound and colour with not too much of any significance happening, but the psychedelic dance of the hues on display-electric blues, emerald greens, striking yellows-almost make up for it throughout the film. Others require a bit more of a breakdown.

Marvel makes a big splash today as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives in theaters.

Though "Deadpool" often gets the credit, "Guardians of the Galaxy" was really the first Marvel film to break into the rather stone-faced superhero spectaculars that were often served (even though many were superlative examples of the genre). What didn't you like?