Antun Kovacevic’s review published on Letterboxd:
I’m probably in the minority of people who more liked the second part than the first one.
It’s not perfect, far from that. The film completely wasted fantastic Kurt Russel transforming him into the villainous planet which wants to kill everyone. Furthermore, I didn’t like how the film transformed Drax into the walking comedic relief. In the first film, he was a lot deeper character. He had a much bigger purpose than in this film. Don’t get me wrong, Dave Bautista is hilarious, but his character took a big hit so he could be a funny guy in the group.
The film had in average 2.475 jokes in a minute, or it felt like it was that much. Although, that bothered me the first time a lot more than on the second watching.
Let’s get to the stuff I liked. I previously mentioned some characters that were wasted. There were a few who improved in this film. For example, Rocket and Yondu. I really liked their relationship, especially Rocket’s development throughout this film. He finds Yondu who’s a lot like him. He finally found someone who could understand him, and then he had to let him go. That was one of the saddest deaths in the whole MCU (I’m not counting Endgame). Besides their relationship, I liked Gamora’s and Nebula’s as well. The film gives a lot more attention to Nebula than in the first one.
The soundtrack is fantastic. It’s on par with the first film.
Visually, the film improved in comparison to the first. Volume 2 costed more, and it’s noticeable. Also, it has a different color palette. It’s a lot brighter and more colorful, and that’s more appropriate to those characters.
I don’t consider this a perfect film, nor the best one from Marvel, not even close. Although, I enjoyed this one more than Volume 1.