Samuelleary’s review published on Letterboxd:
Can not even begin to believe this movie was released 5 years ago. I know I said it about Endgame JUST this week but I truly could never articulate quite how special a film this is to me. Felt like it was really the beginning of the rest of my life when it came out and looking back on it, I truly believe it was. Probably the most self realisation I’d had to handle at that point in my life in regards to myself and my relationships to those around me. And it’s not just a film where it’s as simple as ‘character growth’ on some simple level, it’s got so much specificity to what it does with its characters but is still applicable to so many resources. Neither its theme of fatherhood nor families that are made are anything new, but this is genuinely probably my favourite I’ve ever seen that portrayed. Executed with as much (in fact, more) silliness and overt comic sensibilities than Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, the surface of these Guardians films is as deceiving as the characters themselves. It’s absolutely bonkers premise and smaller ideas are just a mask for tender and vulnerable underbelly, much like both the heroes and villains of these films. As much as I love a lot of the MCU, this is miles ahead of everything else in it (even Endgame, as much I love it) in its storytelling and basic narrative depth. Indescribably excited for Volume 3!!!