Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 (2017)
This is slightly better than the horrible original which is faint praise. Peter is an ass, Groot is a baby and a bored looking Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell feature. There is no immense emotion. The Guardians are heroes now. Peter Quill learns he is a half alien hybrid. He's also a vile compulsive liar.
There is mumbling and no genuine kindness. People wither under blasts of begrudgery. People stew in their bile. Peter meets his alien god dad (Russell). Peter defends and justifies his crapulence. There is awful behaviour and the GOTG run with bad people. There are unsavoury decisions and Peter's dad Ego is obviously evil. Peter and Ego are without fear of consequence.
This sequel is not an absolute must. There is no provocative wit. Peter has few future prospects. People yell silly lines and have Grand Schemes and mercilessly harangue each other. The GOTG are moral failures and this unfolding narrative has no enormous potential.
Peter is excruciatingly awful, like this movie. Peter is a powerless and frustrated twit who has done damage to people. Michael Rooker plays a Mr Scary, we are meant to care when he dies – we don't. Ego comes after Peter hard. You think a god like living planet could find his own kid without the help of space pirates.
There are no emotional implications. Peter wants his 'pals' to regularly tell him that he is amazing, which he takes as his due. Mantis smiles. There is no ideological position. Peter trusts in all Ego's adoration and is noncompliant with sense. Peter doesn't care about his dead mom only his dad.
This was not a potent narrative. Peter is sexist and goads on a daily basis. There is no atmosphere of esclation or tension just inaction. There is no atmosphere of threat or meance. Peter is hard edge and unsavoury.
There is no joyful, bitter, messy complexity. Peter is all combative decision making. Baddies have meance decay. Nobody listens or responds calmly. There are judgmental thoughts which spark conflict. Ego is a Celestial and so Peter is half Celestial and then he idn't.
Ego is utterly depraved. This was a ghastly experience. There is no enormous distress, empathy or compassion. There are unavoidable consequences. This is not normal and this was indifferently received and was full of gaffes. There is obvious wickedness and wrongdoing.
Peter's mother didn't die in front of him, he ran off. Nebula annoys. This was disastrous and Peter does an orgy of self congratulation. This was chaotic and the beleaguered heir apparent needs a good kicking. There is no anguished debate and this was an unholy mess. This was not meaningful and there is no decent moral purpose. People shout all their lines. There are no socially based issues.
This was futile. Watchers are seen. Peter learns that Ego killed his mom. Cue bad acting. This was a terrible mistake. This was not compelling and catastrophe unfolds. Nothing is borne stocially. There is no powerful consequences. I don't care about Peter's personal angst.
There are no life-changing repercussions. Michael Rosenbaum, Stan Lee, David Hasselhoff, Ving Rhames, Michelle Yeoh, Miley Cyrus and Elizabeth Debick costar. This badly misfires. Adam Warlock is hinted at. Teen Groot is seen and he has an adversarial nature.
“My heart is yours.”
“Which will be its loss.”
“Find a woman who is pathetic, like you.”
“Massive space battle.”
“Prepare for a really bad landing.”
“Their wrath will dissipate.”
“Concerned with staying alive until the next day, every day.”
“Where's the other half of our ship?”
“What is your goal here?”
“Shoot her if she does anything suspicious.”
“An evil super-villain would learn how to properly lie.”
“Wrong kind of disreputable.”
“Let's just agree to never discuss this.”
“Profound and unceasing pain.”
“Make a stubborn person compliant.”
“Utterly and entirely alone.”
“Held an Infinity Stone in his hand without dying.”
“Kree battle slave.”
“Take care of the twig!”
“You shouldn't have killed my mom and squished my walkman!”
“I'm only half human.”
“Stupid enough to let me live.”
“All that exists.”
“Fight a planet.”
“You stupid fox!”
“Old man without his magic stick or a talking woodland beast.”
“If he's a planet, how could he make a baby with your mother?”
You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Jaoquin Phoenix methods. No.
Only The Brave (2017)