How to (Not) Guard a Galaxy, Volume 2

Well, here we are Monday morning, the day after opening weekend for Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2. And everyone’s wondering the same thing: how did it perform in the box office?

Pretty spanking good. To the tune of $145 million domestic ticket sales. But, really, how was it? Right? Isn’t that the real story? Sure, the movie could make a lot of money, but is it just on name recognition and branding.

I can hear you say it, “It’s all marketing at this point. Marvel rolls out another movie and nerds trek to the theater to stay connected with the ever expanding universe” (what a mouthful).

First, let me just say that, I think, Guardians of the Galaxy had almost no expectations. Marvel took a risk on relatively unknown characters. Peter Quill isn’t a household name like Captain America, Clark Kent, or James Tiberius Kirk. No one knew what to do with Rocket, Groot, Gamora, or Drax. But people went to see it {because it was a Marvel movie and part of the MCU}. But, it was great. Top 5 of the current MCU movies.

Unfortunately, to me, Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 suffers a bit because of that (just ask Joss Whedon how difficult the sequel can be). There was a lot of hype surrounding it, there was a lot of story put into it, and there was a lot the fans wanted to get out of it.

It’s still worth seeing. Don’t get me wrong. It’s just… not as good as the first one.

Time for me to change my address and hide for a while.

Nebula returns and gets some redemption. Peter meets his dad. Rocket has a great arc (and awesome tech gadgets). Yondu becomes a character we want to see more of and root for. Drax steals the show with great jokes. Mantis adds a bit of innocence and weirdness to a movie that takes place in a weird universe. Gamora has great fight sequences. And, of course, Baby Groot (’nuff said).

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Hey, BG.

 

The success of the movie isn’t in question. It’s impact and link to the MCU is still unraveling. That said, to yourself a favor and go see it. Even if it’s just to know how Stan Lee fits into the MCU this time around.

And, as always, don’t forget to sit through the credits. There’s 5 post-credit scenes to see. Not kidding.

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About bkreuch

I like to read, I like to write, and I like to make people laugh.
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