Sure, count me in.
I absolutely loved the first Guardians of the Galaxy. I was amped just by the initial trailer alone, and the movie delivered beyond my wildest expectations. It was a very hard act for itself to follow. Having said that, I am one of those people who thinks that James Gunn did try a little too hard to capture lightning in a bottle twice when it came to the script of the sequel. I'm not saying there were too many jokes, because yes, in the Guardians of the Galaxy format, that works. But it works, when it is done well. I get that humor is subjective. But for me, part 2 had jokes and sequences that felt way more forced than the original, trying too hard to be funny without actually being funny. The Taserface bit comes to mind. I didn't find it as laugh out loud funny as Gunn apparently did. And so for me, it was a joke that fell flat initially and then gotten dragged out and beaten to death. Anyway, I don't hate the movie. It had a very moving and impactful scene at the end, and plenty of light-hearted fun sprinkled throughout for me to say that I enjoyed it. Some of the comedy bits just didn't feel as organic to me as they were in the original is all.
Wow, that sums up my thoughts perfectly, right down to the "lightning in a bottle" line. Gunn was trying so hard to recreate the sparkling chemistry of the first movie. A little too hard. It ends up feeling forced.
I think the movie is also weighed down by a manic plot that chases its own tail for much of the running time.