I love the way Refn holds shots, and the actors hold their lines. I love movies that take their time, even one like this with car chases and ultra-violence.
I loved this more than the first, or perhaps just differently. At the time of its release, the first was a breath of fresh air, a superhero movie that undercut some familiar tropes with humor and featured a real band of misfits. I'd already checked out of the superhero/comic book adaptation craze, but GotG looked fun, and it was. All I wanted from its sequel was more fun, and I got that and more.
My few issues with the first…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My reaction to this film is as split as the killer's personality. On the one hand, there's De Palma's famous style and the oddball (and non-sexual) teenage boy-call girl duo (I love oddball duos solving crimes and shit). On the other, there's the transphobia. The weird and inaccurate suggestion that trans people have dissociative identity disorder (split personality). Whatever I like about this film, I like despite the stereotyping.