FluteNinja’s review published on Letterboxd:
There's a lot of flaws, the first act I find amazing, it's funny, the music is great, there's great visual effects, the acting is hilarious, the characters are great, and most of the second act is pretty good- but after this the film slowly goes downhill for me. The humour is amazing, best of a marvel movie and apart from that it holds up as a fantastic comedy movie in general!
But Kurt Russel's character isn't great, it gets meandering and a bit structureless when he comes into the picture, and the third act is fine, not amazing. The concept that Quill and Ego can like become rocks or bigger things (?) is weird and isn't really explained and is not very interesting, I wish the fight was more personal and had more dialogue. But the stuff with the other people was good, I liked it.
The music I also didn't love for the most part, there's some really good stuff, but a lot of the time it's just lazy orchestral sad violin stuff, why is this in a guardians movie? It's out of place and it could've been so much better if they had a better vibey score that was relevant to the vibrant tone of the planet of Ego and the opening sequence.
Obviously mostly all of the characters are great, the humour is absolutely amazing, Rocket is amazing, my favourite line of the movie is, ''hope daddy isn't as big of a dick as you, orphan boy'', i love that.
Also there's a conflict between Quill and Rocket that starts with them crashing the ship and having an immature rivalry, and it was never resolved by them learning to grow or being actual good friends, because Rocket went off with the blue guy, I would've really loved to have seen a scene with the two at the end talking out their rivalry, but no, we didn't get that.