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Nate Richard’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
As a die-hard fan of the first Guardians of the Galaxy which is in fact by far my favorite Marvel movie, my expectations were pretty high for the sequel to say the least. Coming out of this film, while I didn't think it reached the greatness of the first film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 still gave me everything I wanted from the sequel.
I loved seeing these characters again and they're just as lovable and a-holeish as I remembered. Chris Pratt's Star Lord, Dave Bautista's Drax the Destroyer, Michael Rooker's Yondu, and of course Rocket and the ever-so-adorable Baby Groot are all just gold. Pom Klementieff's Mantis and Kurt Russell's Ego are also great new additions to this franchise.
James Gunn does a terrific job behind the camera and it's apparent how much these characters really mean to him. The comedy has large presence and while I can see where some might say there's too much, I thought it fit quite perfectly with what the film is. There's also actually some really emotional scenes here and they were handled quite well.
I will admit, the film is a bit jumbled but it's not a flat-out mess like some people are saying it is. Honestly while this isn't as great as the first film nor is it the best Marvel film, it did do some things much, much better than most of the films in the MCU (though I can't say what without going into spoiler territory).
This score might be a bit biased, but honestly I would be lying if I said I didn't love this movie. I had a giant grin on my face for almost the entire running time and I can't wait to see it again as soon as possible.