Caleb’s review published on Letterboxd:
It's rare that a sequel surpasses the original. This is one of those sequels. This thing is beautiful, funny, heartfelt and - I hate saying it because it's so clichè these days - dark. Marvel took a huge risk making the first Guardians movie and they did so again with this one. Totally wasn't expecting the movie to have so much weight behind it. And for it to end like THAT? Balls. Huge balls.
It's one of the prettiest - maybe the prettiest - Marvel Studios pictures. I'd rank it number 2, just behind The Avengers - which did not look like a TV movie, so fuck you. There were some absolutely beautifully composed shots in this movie. Peter on Ego's ship looked like something out of Mr. Robot. Gamora sitting alone in a field. A group shot of the fuckin' Guardians of the Galaxy. 3D was killer too. There's one specific shot where Yondu's arrow is pops out all the way into your face and to see it really well, you have to try to look at the tip of your nose, almost crossing your eyes. You know what I mean?
Villain problem taken care of. There's a couple of Marvel characters in this that I'd thought would never show up in a movie and when I saw them, my jaw hit the floor. This also subtly sets up the Guardians' role in Infinity War. I want to see this again.