4 Reasons 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Is a Summer Bummer

There's always one May blockbuster to officially kick off the summer movie season.

This time around, it's the sequel to one of Hollywood's most unexpected smashes. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" should make Hollywood bean counters very happy this weekend. It's already Hoovering up money overseas and should smash the $100 million mark via U.S. theaters. Experts predict that tally could reach $160 million.

That doesn't mean the film itself is good, mind you. Those fiscal predictions measure pre-release hype, affection for the 2014 original and our raging superhero worship.

The sequel turns out to be a crushing disappointment. Why?

1. Forced Nostalgia

The original "Guardians" trotted out a killer gimmick. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) loves late 20th-century pop music. So, armed with a trusty cassette player (Google it, millennials), he cranked up the tunes. In the process, a killer soundtrack was born.

Using "Vol. 2" for the sequel's title cleverly played off that spirit. And then Team Guardians went overboard. Every scene demands a classic pop hit from ye olde days. Not only are the selections weaker this time around, it's more obvious than ever what the filmmakers are up to.

There might as well be an Amazon link to the soundtrack on the screen.