Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ★★★

"i'm gonna make some weird shit"

the charm of the premise (that these are trashy cousins of the Avengers) is still strong as hell, and gunn's eye for composition and action has only gotten better but the emotional exposition, cliché ensemble beats and tv subplots here are largely dire... helps that gunn is so genuine his personality can't help but infiltrate the shallow stakes and sentiments but the lack of a compelling color palette wasn't the only issue with these movies my guy. how many times do we have to watch a ragtag group of heroes, each with their own hangups and quirks, threaten to destroy the fabric of the group with their haunted past, familial ties and/or moral motivations until an anonymous, evil third-party figure makes them realize they're actually a makeshift family that is stronger when working together? so down for gunn's weird, working class shit with the ravagers, but besides that this is essentially just the most visually diverse and coherent Fast and the Furious movie.

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