I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in theaters last week and it’s taken a bit of time to process all of my thoughts. After all, I don’t blog about the MCU films as much lately, typically because I’m less than impressed (looking at you Iron Man 3 and Civil War), though perhaps I’ll get to those at a later time, after a re-watch (when there’s time). All of that being said though, I loved Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 enough to want a re-watch of both it and its predecessor ASAP, lack of time be darned! Why did I love so much? Interestingly it’s because of some parts I didn’t want to watch.
Oh, and unless you’ve seen it, there may be parts of this you don’t want to read, due to spoilers!
So, let’s get straight to the nitty gritty (which I’m sure would confuse Drax, I mean seariously who likes nitty and gritty things?). I thought that by comparison Vol. 2 was much gritter than Vol. 1 and parts of it were tough to watch. While most of the violence was “comic book-ish” for lack of a better term (think of most scenes where Rocket’s holding a firearm, or where Drax is… Drax) , some of the scenes, particularly the mutiny of the Ravagers were more graphic and brutal than expected. By the time Yondu is whistling his way to his escape, things seemed to shift back to a lighter tone, but the violent slaughter of former comrades and the bullying of little Groot were intense. Or at least they were more intense than most Marvel films get.
But that’s what has helped set the GotG franchise apart in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Guardians takes things just a bit father than other MCU films do. If the Avengers were a chip they’d be nacho Doritos (Don’t believe me? Chris Evans has a perfect Dorito torso and I defy anyone to prove me wrong). Sure nacho Doritos are great. But you know what has more flavor, more spice? Salsa Verde Doritos! Now, I’ll concede, Salsa Verde is not for everyone. It’s spicier and it’s got a stronger flavor, and not everyone loves that.
But for those that do, it’s why jokes during events of death and destruction, or why fights over who has tape can balance out all the other emotions and give a complete package. Also, I love Salsa Verde chips, and should not blog when hungry.
Regarding all of the emotions. While Peter Quill’s brief and tormented relationship with his father could have been enough for James Gunn to call it a day and check the “Give Nerds Feels” box on whatever form MCU and Disney execs must look at to ensure quality and uniformity across the franchise.
However, the story for Yondu took things to a new level. His redemptive arc was amazing, as more was revealed about his past and his relationship with Peter’s father, and Peter, it was so clear that this gruff ravager had a heart, and he deserved more honor and appreciation than anyone expected.
Excuse me while I cry into my bag of doritos… it’s just the spiciness making me cry, I swear.
Even without all of the above Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 wasn’t just a great sequel it was a great film, that made me want to watch both installments all over again. And, with the sibling rivalry of Gamora and Nebula fleshed out in its own emotion inducing ways, I’m all the more excited to see how everything comes together for Avengers: Infinity War.
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