Austin’s review published on Letterboxd:
When the superhero genre's popularity eventually freezes a bit, Vol. 2 will be remembered as one of its masterpieces: This is so vibrant, both aesthetically and emotionally. Color cascades and bubbles, fireworking space and breathing in air, and the film's strong emotions are just as vibrant.
This is a film about family, blood and found, the hurt we cause and the healing we provide too. It's amazing how unlike Waititi (gotta dunk on his Thor movies whenever possible), Gunn balances the wacky with the wholesome—I suppose it's because ultimately, he adores these characters; the Guardians are clearly part of his heart, and I'm so excited to see this again within the context of his trilogy.
I doubt many movies can make a raccoon crying this impactful.