Now that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has graced it’s presence upon movie theaters for over a week now and has been delighting millions and filling up the deep pockets of Disney shareholders, we’re finally taking the time to kick back and talk about everything in Marvel’s latest installment of our rag-tag team of anti-heroes. From everything from the awesome new mixtape to heartbreaking emotional storytelling, join us as we discuss our favorite moments and speculate about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, a massive spoiler warning is in effect for the entirety of this page, so if you haven’t seen the film yet, bookmark this page and come back and share your thoughts as soon as you do.
The Film is Marvel’s Most Vibrant and Stunning Movie Yet:
If there has to be one thing that the Guardians of the Galaxy deserved to be recognized for, it’s the amount of stunning beauty that is found within each of their films. We’re not referring to the emotional beauty of the film’s excellent character arcs and storytelling although that’s another thing, but the visual spectacle found within each film is brimming with beautiful color and vibrant visuals. The Marvel movies often get criticized for a lack of color within their films, but Guardians couldn’t be further away from this problem. Filled with an explosion of color, every frame of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is visual eye-candy, and James Gunn and cinematographer Henry Braham and their team, have learned how to blend emotion with spectacle, and beauty even in the most tragic of moments.
The Ending Brings Emotional Stake to the Marvel Universe:
Although Marvel is known for quality movies, some of their films have failed to truly raise the stakes and deliver a truly impactful emotional punch to the audience. Agent Phil Coulson’s dramatic death in The Avengers brought weight and motivation to the franchise, but his death became undone when he was (quite easily) resurrected for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and sure, there was the death of Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but after a brief performance and a death before the character could be used to his full potential, his tragic ending failed to resonate on the franchise entirely and was swept under the rug once Captain America: Civil War rolled around. However, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 delivers what is quite possibly one of the most tragic and impactful send-offs that the cinematic universe has seen, as the movie transforms Yondu into a three-dimensional character that the audience comes to care for, and then delivers one of the greatest punch in the gut that the movie has to offer. The send off is beautiful and heart-wrenching and shows that a movie featuring a talking raccoon can also showcase find beauty in life’s most tragic moments.
Character Arcs That Work:
What’s quite possibly the most pleasing thing about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, is how much everything just works. Every character of the film’s roster has some kind of motivational goal or a well-rounded character arc that contributes to the story and makes Guardians into the great film that it is. Yondu’s role in the first film becomes fully fleshed and we begin to care for him and his goal to protect Peter Quill, and of course, his final redemption that carries beautiful emotional impact into the film, and his arc that relates to Rocket all too much. Elsewhere, the film fleshes out Peter’s long-teased relationship with his father, Ego, and it’s one that gives Peter motivation and longing for the life he’s never had, and his decision to let that go, in favor of the family he has always had in front of him. Elsewhere, family matters continue to be a major part of the story as sisters Nebula and Gamora deliver a wonderful story arc that brings them a little closer and even teases a possible Nebula team-up further down the line. Even Drax, Mantis and Baby Groot contribute to the emotional core of the story both with each other and Groot’s new relationship with Peter, who appears to have taken on a father-role to Groot. Every character in Vol. 2 plays a role in the film filled with depth which makes all of it’s storytelling beats work perfectly.
Guardians Continues to Test the Limits of the Disney Brand
Something we’ve discussed in the past is how unconventional of a film that Guardians of the Galaxy is for Disney to be handling. Despite that Guardians is a purchased Disney franchise, it also skims on many of the restrictions that Disney placed before it. The company that once put Who Framed Roger Rabbit under the Touchstone Pictures banner because they felt it had too much innuendo and profanity for a Disney brand, is now the one that implements Guardians, a film riddled with profanity and innuendo, right into the Disney family. While Guardians is definitely a great film and we’re thrilled by it, there’s no doubt that its existence is something that is a slow transformation for The Walt Disney Company, and it will be interesting (and quite possibly disappointing) to see where this takes the company down the road.
The Tease of a Promising Future:
What’s even more exciting about the film, is what it sets up for the future of Marvel. As seen in the end-credits scenes, audiences are teased of a possible inclusion of Adam Warlock, teenage Groot, and of course, that Stan Lee really was working for The Watchers this entire time. Guardians is a promising showcase of the fact that no matter how many superhero movies might be coming to theaters near you, each one is still different and filled with creativity of its own, and we can’t wait to see what the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will bring.
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