Hopefully all you geeks managed to catch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (see our review) over the long weekend, but for those of you who haven’t, this post ain’t for you.
This is your last warning that this post will have MAJOR SPOILERS FOR GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2.
While I enjoyed the first GOTG movie, it felt a lot like the cinematic equivalent of candy floss to me: light entertainment with not much nutritional value. But GOTG 2 was a whole other animal altogether, and it surprisingly had a lot of emotional heft.
Some reviewers are of the opinion that GOTG 2 had too much family drama and wasn’t as fun as the first one. I on the other hand, liked it a lot more than the first movie, and it was largely because of several scenes that hit me right in the feels.
Star-Lord finally meeting his dad
Like every good superhero, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) has daddy issues up the wazoo. So it was a bit of a relief to finally see him find Ego (Kurt Russell), the father that he’d been looking for his entire life (sorry David Hasselhoff). Ego showed Peter what it really meant to be a celestial, and the scene of them playing catch with a ball of light was really quite sweet.
Unfortunately, this is the MCU and nothing is ever that simple. Cue the necessary internal conflict when Peter finds out about Ego’s maniacal plan to take over the universe. Normally I’d be annoyed at such an overused trope, but Pratt’s earnestness really sold it for me.
Nebula talking about Thanos’s parenting methods
Speaking of daddy issues, I think Nebula (Karen Gillan) wins the stakes on this one. We find out that Thanos used to make Gamora and her fight as kids, replacing her body parts one by one whenever she lost against her sister. Seriously. That’s just really screwed up even for a movie villain.
It can’t have been easy for Nebula growing up with a father like Thanos goading her on to be a better fighter, and this has resulted in some rather nasty anger issues. No wonder she’s so angry all the time.
Mantis showing us Drax’s true feelings
Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Ego’s companion, is revealed to be an empath that can sense people’s emotions whenever she touches them. There’s a very moving scene when she and Drax (Dave Bautista) admire the sunset on Ego’s planet and he tells her about the last time he experienced something like that with his family. But then we’re reminded that Thanos killed his family, and Mantis can’t help but start sobbing when she touches Drax.
It should’ve been a mawkish, awkward scene, but it also gave us a window into Drax’s emotions in an unconventional manner, proving that despite his tough guy veneer, he just really misses his family.
Yondu and Rocket recognising that they’re kindred spirits
I don’t know about you, but when Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) finally clashed and started yelling at each other, I didn’t expect the scene to end on such an emotional note.
Yondu the Ravager and Rocket the cybernetically engineered raccoon are an odd pair, but they both realise that they’re more similar than they let on. This scene was a really powerful one for me because it does so much for the character development for the pair, and was something really, really hit me in the feels.
Nebula and Gamora working out their issues
In GOTG 2, Nebula and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) finally confront each other. Nebula finally admitted that she didn’t really want to kill Gamora, she just wanted to have a sister. And for those of you who’ve had experiences with sibling rivalry, that scene must’ve really hit close to home.
Ever since Disney bought over Marvel, there’s been some chatter amongst fans that everything in the MCU ends up being overly family-friendly. While I agree with that, it’s an undeniable fact that family is a universal concern, and GOTG’s overarching theme of families lost and found is a powerful one.
Yondu’s reason for keeping Peter
It’s a running joke throughout the movie that Yondu didn’t deliver Peter to Ego because he was small enough to get into places no one else could, but it turned out that he stopped it because he figured out Ego’s plan. After that, Yondu developed a soft spot for Peter and cared for him just like the father Peter never had.
Kraglin standing by Yondu
Kraglin (played by Sean Gunn, actor and brother to GOTG director James Gunn) really came into his own in GOTG 2. He may have accidentally started a mutiny amongst the Ravagers, but he is also easily the most loyal one of them all. He stood by Yondu till the end, helping him to escape from the rest of the Ravagers and becoming his trusty right hand man. So when Star-Lord gives him Yondu’s fin and arrow at the end of the movie, it felt fitting to have Kraglin carry on his legacy.
Baby Groot crying
Like all Marvel movies, there’s always a scene where all our heroes are in mortal danger and are staring death in the face. Scenes like those have lost a little of their impact on me, but then Marvel Studios did something rather brilliant: They gave us a scene of Baby Groot crying as he almost got crushed to death.
Look, I don’t care how villainous you are, but you NEVER MAKE BABY GROOT CRY. EVER. That’s just unforgiveable!
Whoever told James Gunn to include a scene where Star-Lord has to watch helplessly as Yondu dies after the latter admits his fatherly feelings is a sick, twisted a-hole. GOTG 2 was basically one big redemption arc for Yondu, and to have him die in such a self-sacrificing manner was just *evil*. That was easily the hardest scene to watch in the entire movie! If you didn’t feel anything during Yondu’s death and following funeral, then you have to be completely dead inside.