Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Director: James Gunn
Writer: James Gunn
Based on: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning‘s comic
Sequel to: Guardians of the Galaxy
Cast: Chris PrattZoe SaldanaDave BautistaVin DieselBradley CooperMichael RookerKaren GillanPom KlementieffSylvester StalloneKurt RussellElizabeth DebickiChris SullivanSean Gunn, Seth Green, Michael Rosenbaum, David HasselhoffVing RhamesMichelle Yeoh, Jeff GoldblumStan Lee
Part of: Marvel movies
Seen on: 3.5.2017

Peter (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) have made quite a reputation for themselves. People have even started to ask them for help. But it’s not easy to leave your old habits behind and when Rocket not only helps but also steals, one thing leads to another and the group find themselves crashing on a planet where they meet Ego (Kurt Russell) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). This is not a coincidence: Ego tells Peter that he is his father, throwing him for quite a loop. But trouble has only just begun.

I was not a fan of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie to begin with, and I thought that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was even weaker. At least Baby Groot was cute.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a film filled with daddy issues (so much so, that I was wondering whether Kurtzman and Orci wrote the script). And really, we got so many films that deal with daddy issues in the past few years, I’m just really bored by the topic. We’ve even had daddy issues in space and superhero daddy issues. I would say that daddy issues are the new women in refrigerators, only there are too many films that combine the two to get the mother out of the way.

It was also an absolutely predictable film that hit all the notes that you’d expect it to hit from the get-go. It did have funny moments, but even those were a little too obvious. Plus, the film tries so very hard to recreate the success of the first one in the very same way that there’s no room for development or fresh ideas. Case in point: the soundtrack. Since the first film was lauded for its 80s soundtrack, they did it again. Only it felt forced and it just didn’t have that many good songs.

I also see certain parallels to Jupiter Ascending: Guardians borrows heavily from Jupiter’s aesthetic and there is at least as much wish fulfilment here as there was in Jupiter. Only that Jupiter was entirely self-aware and Guardians seems to think it’s the bee’s knees. Personally, I prefer the former. A lot. (That Jupiter was derided for the wish fulfilment aspect and pretty much everything else, and Guardians was very well received also speaks to the sexist double standard by which films are judged.)

Yeah, I could laugh about some things here. Baby Groot was adorable. It was certainly a good thing that Guardians 2 wasn’t as sexist as Guardians 1. But altogether it felt way more tired than the second entry in a series should feel.

Summarizing: meh.

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