Bram Christiaens’s review published on Letterboxd:
For the release of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 they showed both movies back to back.
I've seen GotG multiple times and I love it. What makes the first entry so good is it has heart and is just plain fun. It doesn't take itself too seriously yet you really care for the characters. It's a good mix of humor, drama and action.
Vol.2 left me disappointed. There's a lot more humor, but most of the time it feels forced and doesn't really land. There is drama but too streched out and in the end it felt too emo to me. A lot of the action was boring and a pumped up rehash of things we've seen in the first one (for example the spacebattle wasn't as impactfull, the scenes with the arrow was just more of the same,...).
Upping the humor and drama is at the expense of the story. Too much of it is focused on Peter Quill, the other Guardians don't really get much developement. Yondu's arc was one of the high notes. Kurt Russel was well cast as Ego but got hurt by the script. Baby Groot is cute but became more of a nuisance at times. The gold people you see in the trailer just feel out of place.
Visually it is another marvel to look at: the designs, color palet, framing,... that is definitly up to par with the first one, actually even better.
The music has more of an impact on certain scenes but isn't as memorable as with the previous installement. Little spoiler don't expect Fox On The Run.
In short Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 lacks the heart and fun of the original. I am still a fan of James Gunn and The Guardians, and I will be looking forward seeing them in Avengers and Vol.3. Sadly I didn't really enjoy this one all the much, and I really wanted to.