When the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie came out, I did not know much about it. I walked into the theater only knowing a little bit about a few of the characters.
When I left the theater, I was in love.
In the age of Avengers, Batman, and Superman fatigue, this movie was a sight for sore and bored eyes.
I loved the music, the humor, the new characters, and I loved the deep love that Starlord had for his mother. This movie felt like something from my dreams.
Volume 2, had that same magic and then some.
For as long as I can remember, I never like something unless it has a tinge of sadness to it. In my experience, the most authentic things, no matter how outlandish or amazing they might be, must have a little bit of sadness to them.
The best things in life always have a tinge of sadness, because life is difficult and the moments in which we find joy, we find sadness because those moments are often rare. (I know, what a groundbreaking statement and a run-on!)
In Vol. 2, we felt that universal feeling, that feeling we often ignore because of how unending and overwhelming it is.
This movie embraced the sadness and the pain. It did something that the other Marvel movies tried to do and failed to deliver.
Loss, will always be a part of our lives. When we are born we are meant to decay, whether it be slowly or all at once, time spares no one.
Often times it is easy to overlook decay because it is such a common occurrence for us. And every day in the world at large we see that decay and become immune to it.
In Vol. 2, that decay is not something to just move the plot forward. It is an harsh loss that never truly left our hero. And in this movie, Quill’s wounds are opened again.
And for the sake of not spoiling anything, some other wounds are reopened as well.
Mind you, the sadness is not the only thing I loved about the movie. I’m not a masochist, I promise.
It was an interesting component that was utilized in such a beautiful and profound way that it left me floored (and crying for the last thirty minutes of the movie).
All in all, go watch the movie!
It’s a movie that combines so many gorgeous elements and even offers a sense of realism, in a movie about a talking raccoon.
If you love beautiful cinematography, music from the 80s, and insanely funny (but not cheesy) dialogue, you won’t be disappointed.
If you don’t love those things, that’s okay. Let me try to convince you with one last thing…