Mike’s review published on Letterboxd:
First marvel movie in a while that I went out of my way to rewatch. Honestly I felt that this movie deserved a rewatch, seeing as there was a lot of information to process the first time around.
The plot was a bit convoluted the first time around, but on a second watch things started to make more sense. Sure there are a lot of things in this film that are just there to set up future installments, but it doesn't really take away from the main story. Sure the main plot is essentially an hour and a half of character development followed by a 30 minute climax, but I kinda appreciated it more this time. The character development helps to create a bond between the protagonist and antagonist, that makes some parts all the more emotional when the truth is revealed. It's that broken bond between the two characters that makes the film and it's ending feel more satisfying.
The film is far from perfect. There's a lot of filler and just general pacing issues, but I couldn't help but appreciate Gunn's attempt to humanize these otherworldly characters.
Also that ending is really well done, probably the highlight of the film for me.