Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 is very much in normal superhero territory and doesn’t exactly break away from tropes and tested waters, but it still manages to be pretty fun, entertaining (mostly) and endearing. GOTG 2’s style and strengths can be a hit or miss; The pop and colour overwhelms the film’s visual aesthetic. Celestial worlds and beautiful landscapes fill up GOTG’s planetarium-like vastness. Mega explosions and special effects accompany our Guardians as they find themselves always in the thick of conflict. And a father-figure,above all,turning the wheels of evolution with his grand (egoistic) designs. The problem here is that this world-conquering conquest is all too familiar. And it’s important to mention it here especially because Guardians Of The Galaxy has the makings of a more personal touch. It’s soundtrack includes songs like Brandy, You’re a fine girl that captures the romanticism and nostalgia of love found and love lost. It’s tunes, in general, capture the spirit of something more emotional. The characters are layered. Yondu’s relationship with Starlord really shook me at the end. Dave Bautista’s Drax is, as many have pointed out, is on the autism/asperger’s scale. Gamora and Nebula’s sister-to-sister relationship is an interesting addition that confronts family skeletons and heartbreak.
Although the film did a decent job fleshing out those said aspects, I feel like the film’s grand theatrics overpowered the personal lives and conflicts. GOTG already has nailed the whimsical tone that endears it’s characters, that makes it’s characters that bit more relatable …If only it could have also made the central conflict less of about the fall of the universe and more about the personal troubles and emotional lives of it’s characters-That would be truly something. As it stands, GOTG’s quieter moments (fewer than I had hoped) were it’s best and most memorable but are not enough to take away the sometimes cheesy and over-the-top histrionics. Some might argue that it’s a popcorn movie but I’m actually on your side…and I think it can be even better than a popcorn movie. With characters like these and the stories they bring, it has to be.
That’s what I’m hoping for in the next GOTG movie. For this one, some of the action sequences didn’t quite pack the punch. As a film, it wasn’t as witty as it tried to be either. But even as I have gripes over these aspects, GOTG did tease moments of tender emotion and flashes of heartbreak and heart-warming redemption and reconcillation. I only wish it were the focus of this offbeat and ‘chill’ movie whose superheroes are endlessly interesting, wholly accessible and above all…human. It doesn’t need to take the world so seriously with all this end of the world stuff, it just needs to truly own their warm and humourous swagger.