hit me w/some of your OPINIONS on gotg2
1. The humour of the first GotG was top notch and hella refreshing but its ultimate strength was knowing when to cut the tension and when not to. GotG2 didn’t get that memo. Any time anything even remotely serious was said it was cut down a second later with off-the-wall humour. This resulted in most of the dramatic scenes feeling like nothing but a step ladder to get to the joke.
2. Drax’s treatment of Mantis was so uncomfortable my skin crawled all the way off my body and booked a flight to a non-extradition country. I love Drax, he was my fave in the first movie, I left this one actively disliking him.
3. “An unspoken thing.” IT’S UNSPOKEN BECAUSE THERE’S NOTHING THERE. THERE IS NO CHEMISTRY. STOP TRYING TO MAKE
FETCH QUILL/GAMORA HAPPEN.
4. I was pretty “meh” on the whole megalomaniac deity dad thing from the get go but there was just no requirement for his having given Quill’s mum the tumour that killed her? In fact, it would have been more interesting if he hadn’t - forcing Quill to overcome his starry-eyed god-complex temptation out of a sense of morality and wanting to, y’know, guard the galaxy. Instead it just became a flat revenge showdown, with none of the nuance or character development.
5. Speaking of lack of nuance: Yondu’s “redemption”. Like I get it - he has a soft spot for Quill and—as it turns out—chose to keep a child from probably ending up in a bone pit. That earns him a not-as-shitty-as-you-could-have-been merit badge. It doesn’t negate THE REST OF his canonically crappy behaviour.
Yondu’s sacrifice at the end could have been an opportunity for Quill to gain a new understanding of his motivations and personality - like yeah, he was a pretty despicable person most of the time but in his own fucked up way he raised Quill the best he could.
But no. The moment Yondu dies he’s the patron saint of amazing fathers. There’s practically a space viking funeral in his honour. What could have been a really affecting glimpse into dysfunctional familial relationships and the love that can still exist in them turned into the movie wielding a two-by-four, screaming at the audience, “YOU FEEL SAD NOW CRY!”
6. In fact a lot of the movie had that feel for me. Telling me to feel things rather than inducing them organically. Rocket’s arc was a prime example, so many of his scenes explicitly TELLING the audience about his propensity to nuke his relationships from orbit that by the end I wanted to yell at the screen, “I GET IT! HE HATES HIMSELF! I HEARD YOU THE FIRST FIFTY THOUSAND TIMES!”
All of that said, baby Groot was super cute, the soundtrack was awesome, and Gamora and Nebula’s interactions continue to be the most engaging of the series. I liked it. I just think it could have been better.