“We’re not friends, we’re family.” Huh, where have I heard that before?
by Thom Yee
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 images courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Honestly, it’s starting to feel a little weird that we live in a world where I can talk to my mom about Rocket Raccoon. At this point, I could probably even talk about Rocket Raccoon with your mom. We geeks are really getting spoiled right now.
So anyway, the original Guardians of the Galaxy did did very well with us here at GOO Reviews, but the farther we’ve all gotten from it, the more I’ve personally learned to… well, not to dislike it, but to not love it SO much. Guardians of the Galaxy is a movie defined by extremes, its most visible and memorable elements probably being its colourful comedy and its general wackiness, and though those extremes aren’t necessarily that surprising given that it is a comicbook movie, it still lacks some of the nuance that’s allowed the best superhero movies to endure (even as the most enduring superhero movies usually come across as far more sanctimonious and self-serious). That doesn’t mean Guardians isn’t well remembered or that it couldn’t or shouldn’t be your favourite superhero movie, but Guardians was the type of movie that left me feeling extremely satisfied at first but ultimately somewhat empty, like a really, really great fast food meal. Continue reading