You want the TL;DR?
If you loved the first one, you’ll love this one.
If that’s what you came for, then I suggest (if you haven’t seen it, or if you want to watch it again like I do) that you pop off and buy however many tickets you need because it’s a fantastic movie.
If you want a little more depth, read on.
I have to admit, I’ve always loved comics but I’ve never really been able to afford them as a regular thing. I’ve also got a soft spot for the ‘silly’ characters because quite often the writers behind them not only do hugely fun story lines but also manage to sneak in depth that you wouldn’t expect, and having real moments of emotion sneak in under the radar is effective.
It’s a rip-roaring, swash-buckling (space-buckling?) high piracy adventure with absolutely the cutest talking tree baby you’ve ever seen, the snarkiest, most huggable bastard of a talking raccoon creature… well, you’ve probably seen the previous one, so you know the characters. They all come back, they’re all brilliant. They all have so much depth, and they only get more depth as the movie goes on.
For example, there is one moment where Drax — who is a stoic beast of a creature that would swear ‘irony’ meant ‘like iron’ — is telling an empath about his family. And he is describing how he used to play with his daughter in a park that was beautiful like the place he can see in front of him. But Drax lost his daughter to Thanos, he lost his entire family. The empath bursts into tears, and you just get it.
It starts of silly, it has some really cringey bits, and then it has some flat-out awesome scenes (Yondu and Rocket on the pirate ship? Fuck yes) that are just poetry in motion.
The music can be a bit obnoxious at times — the tunes are all fucking fantastic, but it does strike me as “oh, times up, let’s shoe-horn in another track” at points — and there are some spots where the sets are just… blah. But then a few moments later and not only the sets but the effects are just gorgeous and you realize that they spent attention making the story better instead in those parts.
The movie is pretty. It;s hilarious. It’ll make you laugh and cry, and you’ll want to see it again right after.
Go see it.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some comics to go read.