Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2
So, this was a bit of a mess, wasn’t it? Like, there so much to love - the interpersonal relationships between the Guardians, the core of the plot with Ego, the funeral, but there was so much flab on that movie which dragged it down. The Sovereign were amusing at first, but their constant return felt like the cinematic equivalent of the name “The Be Sharps” - amusing at first, but more tiresome every subsequent time you hear it. And the whole bit with the Ravagers in the middle was a total mess - these guys have been set up basically as space redneck criminals, a little bit goofy. But all of a sudden they’re spacing their comrades when they mutiny, and then they’re sleeping sucking their thumbs or with teddy bears, and then Yondu and Rocket are slaughtering them to 70’s rock tunes. It’s a series of tonal whiplashes that drag the whole movie down, and there are so many other ways to get Yondu to the team that put him and Rocket in an introspective place, it feels totally unnecessary.
I get the feeling that the movie could have done with a bit more time in pre-production working on the script and plot, and maybe working on the colour palette? Because space isn’t as dark and colourless as it’s often portrayed, but damn that looked like an explosion in a glitter factory.
And wait a minute - was that Sylvester Stallone? Playing Starhawk?