Screen Simp’s review published on Letterboxd:
"There are two types of beings in the universe; those who dance, and those who do not."
A perfect sequel and standalone film, Vol. 2 has such a brilliant narrative, not holding down the characters' arcs with a big bad that overshadows everything, and the plot is progressed solely by the characters. There's a clear love for all of them, and pushing beyond the first film, this one takes so much time to give everyone a clear path to follow, and even if the development is minimal, it is always forefront and crucial to the characters. Then we have the exploration of the relationships within the Guardians, and the play on perspectives is really well done here, especially with Karen Gillan's Nebula and Michael Rooker's Yondu. When the MCU goes cosmic the visuals are always 1000% better, I find it so hard to enjoy a lot of the more grounded stuff, but this is easily the height of the franchise in terms of visuals. James Gunn makes the slo-mo a recurring visual staple in these films but it always works, and never more so than in the flying arrow scene; awesome choreography and hilarious acting married with refined special and visual effects just make it one of the biggest impacts of the film, and it isn't alone either. It's impossible to not feel good after watching these, even if they both still make me cry.
"You said you were going to eat me!"
"That was being funny."
"Not to me!"