Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a fun, wonderful and emotive film.
All of the characters were grounded in their emotions – Peter who is troubled and lost after the loss of his mother, the absence of his father, Gamora is plagued by her childhood and father, Drax by the death of his family, Rocket by the experiments he was subjected to and Baby Groot who is just so damn adorable – and that is what made this film so different and compelling. These warriors, who go off and defend the galaxy (and sometimes steal and a lot of the time get into trouble), were, at their hearts, broken, stitched together by flimsy string, depending on each other for love and support.
In all its extravagance, space travelling and epic battle scenes, the very core of the film was based upon human emotion, the need for friends and family. That is what, for me, made this film so enjoyable. Set around Peter’s heritage, he discovers who his father is and it is not all happy roses and angels. But then, what Marvel film comes without angst, heartbreak and betrayal?
His father, Ego, who is accompanied by a young woman named Mantis, is actually a living planet who discovered life in all corners of the universe, but while he appeared to be a benevolent force, he is far from that. He seeks to take over each and every planet, to create life for his purpose and to do so, he has to create his own offspring and this is where Peter’s heritage comes into play. While Ego seemed to love Peter’s mother, Meredith, it turns out it is not so. He only wanted to spawn his own creation, in the hopes of using them to take over the galaxy. But it does work and so instead, as Gamora and Nebula discover, he killed all of his children.
He also planted the tumour in Meredith’s head.
A truly evil and sadistic character, Ego turns out to be the films supervillain and to destroy him, the team must band together with some unlikely foes, who later, become comrades. The twist on who Peter saw as his father was especially powerful, it pulled on everyone’s heartstrings and gave us an insight into Yondu’s frame of mind, redeeming him as a character and father. Groot was another heart tugging character – adorable and sweet, he is subjected to bullying by captors which nearly brought my brother to tears, he overpowers them and proves to be kickass as well as the adorable, dancing creature he is.
Another powerful moment, was the growth of Nebula as a character – where previous she was her father’s experiment, here she was given an arch that showcased her emotions. Was she a stone-cold killer? Yes, when forced to become one. But did that mean she was unfeeling and cold? No, not at all. In fact, she shows her heart to Gamora and they depart on terms far better than earlier, becoming sisters rather than competitors as their father had made them. Mantis was a loveable character and while Drax appears to be quite dim witted at times, he is actually one of the most troubled characters who hides behind a front of loud laughter and insults, when really, he is a kind-hearted person, even if he can’t express that entirely well.
Also, Rocket said “not without you” and I am not okay. I’m pretty sure the entire cinema cried for the poor soul, who is so worried about being left alone that he tries to push his family away, but also for the three words that have been uttered by a certain soldier, who has also been tortured.
“Not without you” is Marvel’s way of saying “I love you”, let’s face it. And this film had a wonderful soundtrack.