Brandon Winchester’s review published on Letterboxd:
MCU Chronological Marathon #11/20: Guardians of the Galaxy
Vol. 2 (2017)
I think there are portions of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that work extremely well. Kurt Russell as a villain is something different, the music is also solid and no one can say that the visuals aren't great, but whereas the first Guardians is practically perfect in every way, it's hard to follow that with something that's just good. The script has a little heart and sting to it, but it doesn't carry as much weight to it as the original. The humor also is hit and miss with the balance between it being uneven, in comparison. Drax is played too much for comedy, Nebula is underused and while lots of Baby Groot is good, I didn't find him to be the scene stealer others did. This is Peter Quill's movie. His story is great, while everyone else takes a back seat. While I do think the dialogue is more realistic and human, as the original Guardians aren't new to each other as they were in the first, it didn't have the same bite. The relationship drama is far better. James Gunn is still a genius though and I'm glad Disney got him back for Volume 3, even if it won't be for awhile. It does have a few trappings of sequels where they seem to be trying too hard or creating drama out of thin air, but it is still a very fun film. As for Yondu, this is an excellent character that Gunn creates a short two film arc for and its surprisingly good. The film is mostly disappointment considering how nearly perfect the original Guardians is, but nonetheless, the film is still a solid MCU feature that builds upon the original's already large world with great promise. I won't have higher expectations next time going into a Guardians film. 3.5/5
PS- Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is ranked #15/21 on my list of MCU films.
PSS- I completely forgot Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone were in this.