Esteban Gonzalez’s review published on Letterboxd:
¨Are we really saving the galaxy, again?¨
James Gunn is back at the helm directing our favorite intergalactic superheroes with a new mix tape. Once again he hits all the right notes as he did in the first film with fantastic visual effects and a perfect sense of comedy. With Chris Pratt back as Peter Quill, the leader of the misfit guardians who just happen to share the right amount of chemistry together as they once again try to put their differences aside in order to save the galaxy. These very distinct characters feed off each other extremely well and make the adventure all the more exciting as we see how this dysfunctional family struggles to show their sympathy towards each other. These colorful characters (and their on and off relationship) is what makes the formula such a success. These characters need each other because on their own they would probably make for a dull movie. It's the interaction between them that makes the film such a joy ride. Guardians of the Galaxy is pure fun and I agree there isn't really anything going on underneath the surface, but it is so entertaining and hilarious that it makes for one of the most fun moments I've had in the cinema all year. Quill's ego and cool persona, Gamora's sense of duty, Rocket's rebellious spirit, Groot's tenderness, and Drax's impecable use of humor by being upfront all combine to make the perfect superhero team. That is where the fun relies and why I consider this to be the Star Wars franchise of this generation. It may not have any philosophical meaning, but it sure knows how to pack laugh out loud moments and fast paced humor.
To talk about the Guardians of the Galaxy and not mention the characters is perhaps an impossibility because they are the heart and soul of the movie. In a few weeks no one will remember much about the plot or the story, but they will remember the hilarious one-liners that some of the characters delivered. Who would of thought that Chris Pratt would become such a Blockbuster action star. If you saw some of the indie movies he made before he became Peter Quill you would've never guessed he could play such a cool and fantastic character. He is probably my favorite superhero in the Marvel Universe and it's all thanks to Pratt's delivery. He fits the role in the same way that Downey Jr. transformed himself into Tony Stark. Then there is the voice work by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel who do a fantastic job at recreating these characters. Rocket reminds me of Han Solo with his rebellious spirit and Groot is probably the cutest character you will see on screen all year. Zoe Saldana is a great action star, but her character doesn't get much to do. The true star of this film once again is Dave Bautista as Drax, he is comic gold. There are so many fantastic moments in this film that I can't recall the last time I laughed so hard with a comedy. Then there is Michael Rooker who gets a lot more to do this time around as Yondu. He has some memorable scenes alongside Rocket and Groot. And of course you can´t go wrong with Kurt Russell who is back playing the sort of character he did in the 80´s. I simply loved this film nearly as much as I did the first movie and had a blast at the theater. There is plenty of fun but I won't disagree with those that claim the film has no substance. So far this is my favorite film of the year! Is it wrong if I say these are my favorite Marvel movies?