I’m extremely late to the game I know, but I finally got around to watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 last week, and I made no thoughts about it at all after. Of course that statement is pretty redundant considering I’m thinking and writing about it now, but often when I watch a movie I think about it straight after, form an opinion. Yet the film left no afterthoughts in my mind, what’s up with that?
I liked the first Guardians of the Galaxy. It was fun and the characters were novel. Now I didn’t hate GOTG2 (shortening it because I can’t be bothered typing the whole title anymore), but I don’t know if I liked it either, I just watched it and then it was over.
There were definitely enjoyable moments, Baby Groot was amazing and every scene with him was great. Yondu dying at the end was also great, because it felt like a real emotional and dramatic moment in the film. Now obviously not all movies need to be super emotional and dramatic. But sometimes I felt watching GOTG2 was like eating a bunch of lollies (or candy for my overseas folks). You eat a bunch of it and its great at the time, but then what lasting feeling do you get from it?
Perhaps because the comical nature was maybe pushed a little too far, plot points that were supposed to seem significant, seemed insignificant to me (I honestly couldn’t have cared less for the gold chick). Obviously there’s a very particular type of humour in the Guardians films, and whilst its great, it doesn’t have to always be pushed in our faces either.
Maybe I’m just over thinking it, it is a popcorn movie after all. Did I have an overall enjoyable 2 hours? Yes! So I guess in that sense it achieved its purpose. Perhaps I might still be on a Logan high. That film was a superhero movie that made you really think about its characters, their emotions and motivations. I loved that movie and it was also a really fun and enjoyable time. So it definitely is possible to have both, but no it’s not necessary either. But after a while, watching a huge CGI spectacle with constant quips gets numbing.
As I mentioned earlier however, I really enjoyed the Yondu story arc. Peter’s realisation that he had a father this whole time was really touching. Sure Yondu wasn’t the best dad, but he did genuinely care about Peter, unlike Kurt Russell. And Yondu sacrificing himself to save Peter was a genuinely dramatic and emotional moment. I cared about that moment! I didn’t want him to die. So I guess if we had more moments like that, moments that made us really care, I may have enjoyed the film a little more.
And again the issue of having a cinematic universe rises, because whilst those shots of the Guardians struggling and nearly dying were intense, they had no real weight. We already saw Chris Pratt on set for Infinity War ready for the next battle. This of course isn’t an issue with just GOTG2, but all the superhero movies.
Overall GOTG2 was an enjoyable time, but it was also an easily forgettable time. Thank goodness for Baby Groot!
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