Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
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The opening scene is incredible.
"I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!"
They identified what people liked about the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie and with Vol.2, pushed on those buttons a little too hard, I thought. Some of the soundtrack cues felt forced and gratuitous, and there's perhaps too much cutesy Baby Groot for my tastes (especially when a movie has sex jokes and language inappropriate to the young kids brought out to see talking twigs and raccoons). That said, it was, like the original, great fun filled with geeky references, Gamora getting more agency (the one real problem with the first film), and an epilogue that had me holding back sobs. On a writing level, the film works by having a proper theme and delving into it no holds barred. Since Peter Quill is to meet his long-lost father, the film becomes about family, and more specifically about fatherhood. And so characters will invariably talk about their fathers, or surrogate fathers, or lack of fathers, and how that relationship molded them. Even Ayesha's Sovereign, essentially grown in genetics labs, and thus fatherless, act as a comment on the lack of a parental figure, in fact a race of adult children playing video games all day. It's everywhere you look, and that makes it a film ABOUT something, which is definitely what I want my superhero movies to be. While Vol.2 lacks the freshness of the original (we've gone from no expectations to high expectations), that was par for the course; it is a strong done-in-one superhero narrative with good jokes, action and emotion.
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This movie ranks #57 in All-Time Worldwide Box office
This movie ranks #144 in All Time Box Office