Monday, June 19, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

When the first Guardians film came out, I heard so many people rejoicing that Marvel had finally gotten "weird". And while I appreciated the humor, the soundtrack and some elements of the design, all I could think of was that Hunter S. Thompson quote, "It never got weird enough for me." Well lo and behold this sequel has come along to deliver on the promise of that first film.

Like Tim Burton did with Batman Returns, this is James Gunn bending the superhero genre towards himself. He played it safe for that first film, and now he's able to let his freak flag fly. This feels much more like the work of the mind that gave us Tromeo & Juliet, Slither and Super. Who other than Gunn would use a movie this expensive in order to dissect the insidious message of a 70's pop song?

No matter how fun and frivolous art can be, it's always telling us something. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the perfect type of pop song: it's great to dance to, and the lyrics stick with you.

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