Leighton Trent’s review published on Letterboxd:
MCU Rewatch Marathon - #14
"I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!"
Oops. Okay, so a little rewind in our viewing here... We got so excited for Taika and Cate and Ragnarok that we managed to completely skip over Vol. 2 somehow. Considering this is both a favorite of mine and my wife's for the entire MCU makes it all the more baffling that we'd just miss it within the Phase 3 release order. So, of course, we had to go back...
I've always felt this is the stronger of the two Guardians and one of the strongest entries in the MCU and this viewing only confirmed those feelings all over again. James Gunn's splattertastic neon bubblegum 70's look vibes so well with the themes of family and fatherhood that somehow ring true even amongst the profane raccoons, empathetic mantis', angsty teenage trees and David Hasselhoff-immitating celestial planets. This is one of the few MCU films that holds up so damn well on a rewatch and it's because of its cast that somehow defies the odds of having the kind of chemistry they do. There's no way it all should work, much less work this well.