Daniel’s review published on Letterboxd:
It's been several months now since I saw this the one time in the cinemas earlier this year; so I was very curious as to how my thoughts may have changed towards it, if they did at all, and as expected, they did.
I adored the first Guardians, but similar to Marvel's Avengers movies. These movies suffer from a similar problem, first caused by Joss Whedon on Avengers and now with James Gunn with these films.
Don't get me wrong either, I love Gunn, he's a very talented director but I personally think what really put a gaping hole in this film compared to the first was the incredibly overused comedic moments.
I completely understand that these movies are meant to come across as the lighter side of the MCU, but I still think there's an extent that you take that without becoming a full blown comedy more than anything else.
It's as though Gunn responded to the high praise of the first film, particularly with the humour, with the addition of even more of it in this film, with arguably half of it not working.
Although, I think what saves this film is the incredible chemistry from the entire cast, the performances are great and honestly; I'm not sure what other people thought but I liked Kurt Russell as Ego.
I don't think this is near the bottom of the barrel in MCU Movies, but it's certainly nowhere near the top. It's a drop in quality from it's predecessor but it's still an awful lot of fun with a fun soundtrack and even more fun action sequences. I enjoyed this re-watch.