New York Times:“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has all the digital bells and whistles as well as much of the likable, self-aware waggery of the first. In many respects, it’s not much different except it all feels a bit strained, as if everyone were trying too hard, especially its writer-director, James Gunn. Most of the ragtag futuristic fighters who powered through Vol 1. three years ago are back on board and led by Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), a cheerily roguish type who calls himself Star-Lord. The name still brings a light smile, even if the movie can’t help but feel as deadly serious as any other lucratively branded Marvel property....Full review
Screenrant: Shortly after making a name for themselves in the year 2014, the Guardians of the Galaxy – Peter Jason Quill aka. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and now-Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) – are officially in the hero business and have become famous across countless planets for their galaxy-saving deeds. Old habits die hard, however, and so the Guardians find out during a mission in which they are hired by a genetically-engineered race of super-beings known as the Sovereigns, led by one Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), to protect their highly-valuable batteries in exchange for a recently-captured Nebula (Karen Gillan). One thing leads to another and the Guardians soon find themselves on the run from the Sovereigns, for some not-so-heroic behavior..... Full review.