TGBrown’s review published on Letterboxd:
What can I say, it has extremely big shoes to fill and it falls a bit short of the mark.
Don't get me wrong, this film has beautiful cinematography, the colours are beautiful, the sound track is amazing and the costuming is outstanding, however Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) is a tough rival.
The character development of Drax (Dave Bautista) took a turn that took me by surprise. I often found him making statements and comments that contrasted the blunt and often clueless character seen in the first film.
The narrative itself is somewhat lacking, neatly wrapping itself up by the end of the film. Instead of a continuation of the Guardians narrative it felt more like a different film all together.
With this all said, it was still an incredibly enjoyable film and many of the well loved characters from the first film get some more screen time.
Well worth the money to go see it, it's just hard to beat the first.