Ben Shane’s review published on Letterboxd:
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review
Oh boy, stranded in a rush line for 3+ hours uncertain I could get into the screening tonight, but ya boi made it! And he was interviewed on the local newssssssss!
Guardians of the friggin’ Galaxy Vol. 2 (except they didn’t say friggin) is directed by James Gunn (vol. 1), and stars Star Lord himself Crisp Rat, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, and newcomer Kurt Russel, and is that guardians’ next adventure, which involves Star Lord uniting with his father.
GOTG1 is probably one of my favourite comic book movies, and is arguably the best movie yet in the MCU, so of course I was super excited for this. Did I expect it to surpass the original? No. And does it? Well, no. Not quite. Now, that doesn't mean it's not good. It's actually a grand ol time, but it retreads a lot of old ground, and tells a story that’s been told before.