Thursday, May 18, 2017

Caught Off Guardian, Vol. 2

I was prepared to hate Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, given my reaction to the original. But I found myself quite entertained, perhaps because this time around it felt like the movie wasn't trying quite so hard to win me over with madcap antics and quirky characters. The things I liked about the first film (Dave Bautista as Drax, the attempt to build a fleshed-out Marvel Universe beyond Earth) are amplified here, and the things I didn't like (Rocket, a forehead-slapping climax, and moments of catharsis I thought were unearned) are somewhat toned down. And the Kurt Russel/Ego the Living Planet plot actually works both as a credible antagonist and a source of thematic resonance. And again, for whatever reason, I found the throwback soundtrack engaging instead of annoying.

I can't put my finger on exactly why I prefer Vol. 2 to Vol. 1, except perhaps to say that this film had a quality of sincerity I feel the original lacked - and it actually improves Peter Quill's backstory retroactively, making the first film a bit more palatable in my eyes.

I wouldn't have thought it possible, but I'm actually looking forward to Vol. 3.

Young CGI Kurt Russell was pretty creepy, though. 

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