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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
« on: May 13, 2017, 05:49:35 pm »
Just saw Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2

For those of you who saw it as well what did you think?

I was actually pleasantly surprised. it was a whole lot more entertaining and deeper than expected.

Chris Pratt is on to becoming this generation's Harrison Ford.

Thoughts?

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Re: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2017, 05:56:57 pm »
I'm going to be seeing it in a couple hours. My expectations are rising due to the word of mouth (particularly about James Gunn having a lot of creative control allowing the movie to be its own thing).

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Re: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2017, 06:52:38 pm »
Between this, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange... I think I like the MCU now.
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Re: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2017, 08:48:28 pm »
Between this, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange... I think I like the MCU now.
I feel the exact same way.  Their main Avengers films/sequels are pretty lame, but those 3 make me have some sort of respect.

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Re: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2017, 08:59:31 pm »
Between this, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange... I think I like the MCU now.
I feel the exact same way.  Their main Avengers films/sequels are pretty lame, but those 3 make me have some sort of respect.

Out of any of them I would say Ant-Man surprised me the most. Guardians had a capable director backing it, and Doctor Strange is a character that is naturally involved in trippy magical constructs that defies conventional blockbuster trappings.

Ant-Man was a worrying project from the start, Edgar Wright dropping out was really scary. Then it came out and was such a pleasant surprise. It's a fun little film that's basically about a superhero that is planning/executing a heist in order to beat the villain. Sometimes a smaller scale superhero film can work wonders and feel refreshing when it's a part of a film franchise in which most of its films have plots about impending doom for the whole world.
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Re: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2017, 09:30:31 pm »
Between this, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange... I think I like the MCU now.

I honestly don't get the craze for Ant-Man and Strange.

Don't get me wrong, they're definitely better than the Avengers films, but still...they come off as one-offs that want to end as soon as possible just for the sake of getting the main character across in their most basic form just so they can be in an Avengers film.

Maybe it's the way they both rush the character-centric stuff to get to the obligatory training montage and action scenes (and how Strange blatantly reused Ant-Man's "don't do this super dangerous thing 'cuz bad things will happen oh look you did the dangerous thing and saved us hurray"), but neither of these really stuck with me.

The way Civil War basically waved aside Ant-Man's motivations from his movie ("Oh, I'm going to be a fugitive and won't be able to go back to my family, the people I worked hard to redeem myself to?  Pfft, oh well.") hammered home for me just insignificant the recent solo films are.  They feel like glorified character introductions made for the sake of the ensemble films and nothing more.  The GotG movies have at least done a better job at giving themselves more weight, but maybe that's just because they haven't been forced to directly connect with the other MCU characters yet.
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Re: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2017, 10:34:03 pm »
Between this, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange... I think I like the MCU now.

I honestly don't get the craze for Ant-Man and Strange.

Don't get me wrong, they're definitely better than the Avengers films, but still...they come off as one-offs that want to end as soon as possible just for the sake of getting the main character across in their most basic form just so they can be in an Avengers film.

Maybe it's the way they both rush the character-centric stuff to get to the obligatory training montage and action scenes (and how Strange blatantly reused Ant-Man's "don't do this super dangerous thing 'cuz bad things will happen oh look you did the dangerous thing and saved us hurray"), but neither of these really stuck with me.

The way Civil War basically waved aside Ant-Man's motivations from his movie ("Oh, I'm going to be a fugitive and won't be able to go back to my family, the people I worked hard to redeem myself to?  Pfft, oh well.") hammered home for me just insignificant the recent solo films are.  They feel like glorified character introductions made for the sake of the ensemble films and nothing more.  The GotG movies have at least done a better job at giving themselves more weight, but maybe that's just because they haven't been forced to directly connect with the other MCU characters yet.

How does any of this affect their respective solo films in a negative light?

The ensemble films are bad, yes, but that doesn't take away from their own films. The motivations of these characters don't matter when it comes to the ensemble films which are one of the reasons those films are bad, but that doesn't take away my positive reaction from their own films (because they're completely different entities). You're judging the merits of the MCU film universe, not those of the solo films that exist within it.
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Re: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2017, 10:46:09 pm »
Not sure if I liked it more than the first, but I definitely enjoyed this a lot. Sure there's a lot of stupid moments (and an annoying amount of exposition), but this still had the most heart out of maybe any MCU film I've seen yet. I loved the relationship between Quill and Ego especially.

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Re: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2017, 11:15:38 pm »
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 honestly has to be my favorite MCU film. Not just because it actually feels like James Gunn's real vision being allowed to fully shine through (although that certainly helps and I enjoyed a lot of the other MCU films despite directors on those not having much control), but also because of how Gunn is able to tackle all of these multiple different characters and give so much depth and weight to them, even the main villain surprisingly (probably the MCU's best villain), as well as expand on the characters people knew and loved from the original and strengthen their relationships. Each character is explored and defined for who they really are. It's so great to have superhero films like this and Logan have such a deep, strong focus on character, although two are completely different works.

I also loved how perfectly this balances humor and emotion. The jokes in this are hilarious, even the more crass ones, and yet even when they come after more dramatic and heartfelt moments, they don't undercut them or take away their impact. They come very naturally. Speaking of natural, I also thought the story flowed very naturally and fluidly. Before you know it, it just basically happens. Sure, it could be a bit meandering, but it's so well-thought out that I could completely let that slide. You can tell from watching the comfort and confidence Gunn exudes through how he writes these characters and directs everything from the action to the comedy to the drama.

Speaking of comfort, you can really tell how much of a blast the actors are playing these characters, especially Michael Rooker, Kurt Russell, and Dave Bautista. They're just so comfortable playing these roles and they play them all so well they practically embody them. The performances are all great throughout. I thought Chris Pratt was especially fantastic during the more dramatic moments, like his scene with Ego where they discuss Quill's mother and why Ego had to leave as well as the pain Quill felt when he had to watch his mother die in front of him.

So good.

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Re: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2017, 10:22:21 am »
It was pretty fun. Had some reservations with it (mostly regarding inconsistent humor and a bit of lost steam in the final act), but I like that Gunn was actually trying to create a movie rather than a placeholder installment, as evidenced by the character arcs. It's a step forward for new-age comic book films and probably the best MCU film since the first GotG. Probably a B, maybe a B+ if I think over it more.
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Re: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2017, 08:46:02 pm »
it actually feels like James Gunn's real vision being allowed to fully shine through


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Re: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2017, 12:08:14 am »
it actually feels like James Gunn's real vision being allowed to fully shine through


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Re: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2017, 03:06:12 am »
it actually feels like James Gunn's real vision being allowed to fully shine through


Shockwave... why?

It's James Gunn's real vision being allowed to fully shine through.
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