DirkH’s review published on Letterboxd:
Whatever you want from a movie, it should at least do what it says on the tin.
With Marvel, most tins are interchangable. Fun, but in essence the same tin with a different label.
The first Guardians was a completely different tin.
Many will say that the second is that same tin done over again.
And they'd be right.
That's why it's so bloody brilliant.
Like some bizarre Star Wars/Barbarella love child, Gunn's creation is an absurd rainbow with a simple and singular goal and that is to entertain the crap out of its audience. Even though it doesn't explore or give more depth to the characters it does strengthen their relationship and actually finds some emotional resonance in it.
Like the first film, its slightly anarchic style clicked with me beautifully. I loved the music, loved the fact that Drax the Destroyer was only used as a comic sidekick, loved the 70s induced vibe of Ego, loved the meta aware humour and loved Baby Groot.
This film has no intention to be serious on any level and I love it for it.