Bryan Espitia 🎄’s review published on Letterboxd:
While recapturing the magic of the first film would be difficult, I gotta say they did a fantastic job bringing these characters back to the big screen. And there's definitely a big emphasis on characters here.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has a story, of course, but it seems far more concerned with exploring the characters within the team than actual plot. I honestly found this to be a great approach, as there's some truly memorable character moments throughout. There's plenty of humor, but it has unexpected heart as well, and that's what really elevates it for me. Watching the bond between these characters grow stronger is the true selling point of this film.
Above all else though, the movie's just fun. The soundtrack is just as killer as the first, and if anything plays a bigger part in the overall story. Everyone plays their part well, but the standouts have to be Drax and Yondu. Drax is absolutely hilarious, but it's Yondu who might have the best scene and best line in the whole film. It also looks beautiful, and so colorful. Easily one of the best-looking superhero films I've seen.
I think Marvel has delivered again here.