Marvel has been coming out with hit after hit in its ever-growing MCU film franchise. The studio has been able to deliver box-office hits without sacrificing quality. I'd love to say that the DCEU is doing the same, but we all know they've kind of missed the mark trying to play catch-up with #Marvel.
The first Guardians of the Galaxy film introduced us to a ragtag team of misfits trying to save the galaxy from a psychopath hellbent on destroying everyone in his path. With GOTG2, #JamesGunn and co. reunite us with the emotionally defensive Gamora, man-child Peter Quill, deadly serious Drax, hypersensitive Rocket, clueless Baby Groot, and the ever repentant Yondu. Through these characters, we get to experience a film that delivers an important message about being a family, relationship dynamics and unconditional love. It is with these thoughts in mind that I have the audacity to state that #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 is the best Marvel film so far. WARNING: Spoilers from here on out for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
4. How To Be A Family
GOTG2 isn't a movie about saving the galaxy. At its most basic level, it's a movie about overcoming the struggles of life and being a family through thick and thin. Each character is facing a reality that they're not ready to come to terms with:
- Peter wants to make up for all the years he missed spending time with his father.
- Gamora and Nebulla finally say what they truly feel and see eye to eye, sister to sister, for the first time.
- Rocket and Yondu bond over the decisions they've made, both good and bad.
- Drax offers deadpan emotional support when his friends need it.
- With Baby Groot, we see him go from an innocent child to a pubescent teen (if you stayed for the post-credits scenes).
They all have to rely on each other to not only stop Ego from fulfilling his selfish plot, but also stop themselves from falling apart as a team. Families argue, they say things they don't mean, and usually (if they're lucky) they make up and things go back to normal. Then again, what is normal?
3. Relationship Dynamics
Relationships can exist in a myriad of ways, and GOTG2 demonstrates how people who share no blood relation can feel more like family than those that do. As Ego's plans begin to unravel, we learn that Peter's ancient genes come from the fact that Ego's a god. While Peter yearns for a father, Ego only sees him as a battery to be used and later discarded. It's difficult to believe that a parent would only seek to use their child for their own selfish benefit, but it can happen beyond the silver screen.
We have to understand that not all people are meant to be parents. Some individuals can create toxic traps where we fail to identify how we're being used or abused. The relationship dynamic between Peter and Ego is riddled with bad blood, and the end result is nothing short of surprising. There are times when we have to say enough is enough and let go of people who can no longer offer anything positive in our lives and embrace those that truly care for us no matter what.
2. Unconditional Love
GOTG2 is Marvel's best film so far because it isn't afraid to show its titular characters in their most human and vulnerable state. Though Peter believes Ego to be the father he's always wanted, he discovers that Yondu is the only one who's actually been there for him when he needed it most. Even if Yondu wasn't perfect, his unconditional love for Peter was the best thing about his character. No matter what Peter did, Yondu always had a soft spot for him. Yondu is the sheer embodiment of unconditional love because he protected Peter with every fiber of his being and didn't let his crazy father get a hold of him when he was only a boy.
1. I'm Mary Poppins Y'all!
Let me close with this clip of the talented Michael Rooker talking about his improvised Mary Poppins line. Enjoy!
If you still haven't seen Guardians of the Galaxy 2, it's not too late. Check it out in theaters and find out why it's the best Marvel film so far.