In 2014 Marvel Studios released the first Guardians of The Galaxy movie which took a lesser known team of space ferrying Marvel heroes as well as a director previously known for what many would consider B-movies and skyrocketed them both into the mainstream with a surprise hit. Like with most films the movie ended with a promise that some day the titular Guardians would return and as of this past Friday that promise was kept, though despite a fresh rating on the extremely overrated Rotten Tomatoes and lots of fluff pieces from mainstream media outlets the film itself fails to live up to the precedent set by its predecessor and makes for what is arguably not only the worst film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but perhaps one of the worst films of 2017 so far. So hold your Baby Groots tight dear readers because we are about to take a deep dark look at the multitude of problems with Marvel’s latest theatrical outing.
- The Excessive Juvenile/Toilet Humor: The original Guardians did arguably have a fairly simplistic and zany Saturday morning cartoon style of humor however it was innocent enough and balanced out well enough with the action that it managed to work fairly well. The sequel however throws all of that out the window as it fills the movie with nothing but base sex and dick jokes nearly every five minutes, there is even an extremely awkward and cringe worthy scene where Drax asks Peter’s father Ego about his dick in front of quill and the rest of the Guardians. This movies sense of humor is basically the equivalent to a 13 year old screaming penis over and over, it is genuinely grotesque, off putting and makes watching the film nearly unbearable.
2. The Casual Sexism: From beginning to end the film is filled with casual sexism. From the start portraying Star Lord’s mother as a complete idiot to having Gamora be a more subdued version of herself from the previous film and making Mantis a stereotypical “Submissive Asian girl” the film never lets up on its blatant and casual sexism. Oh and lets not forget that Yandu’s first appearance in the film is with him and his crew on a planet of sex robots.
3. The Racism: As mentioned previously the portrayal of Mantis is horrible. The character is portrayed as dull and submissive, referred to as Ego’s “pet” and takes whatever verbal abuse characters throw at her, especially from Drax. It doesn’t help that she is a vary blatant stereotype of an Asian woman, which is just bone headed and disrespectful on Gunn & Co’s part.
4. Everyone is a sociopath!: From Yandu killing his whole crew after a failed mutiny to Nebula’s obsession with killing her sister and Ego wanting to wipe out/assimilate all life in the Universe Guardians of the Galaxy is filled with violent and vile sociopaths! Even our heroes come off as huge jerks for most of the film and not even in a lovable rouges kind of way, just in a generally disturbing and unsettling kind of way
5. Exacerbates its tropes: Everything that made the previous film work so well is back and on steroids, twice as many classic rock songs, twice as much Rocket & Groot, twice as much blue-collar comedy. It is almost as if the old saying “less is more” was completely ignored by this film as it takes what made the first film so enjoyable and throws it in your face to the point that you can’t help but be annoyed and aggravated by it.
6: This is NOT A kids/family friendly movie. Guardians was heavily marketed on kids networks like CN, DisneyXD & Nick, but despite the adorable Baby Groot this film is not kid friendly, the core audience for this movie is obviously 13-16 year old boys who still think that dick jokes are funny and that girls are icky and only good for bullying and sex.
In closing Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is one of the most shameful pieces of comic book film making to be put on the big screen in well over a decade and that fact that all it takes for main stream media to celebrate or deem something fresh is to slap a Disney/Marvel logo on it is just flat out disappointing and insulting to both the art of cinema and professional critique and criticism everywhere. So do yourself a favor and skip this one, you’d have a much more enjoyable experience just copying the films playlist and staring at a tree in your backyard while listening to ELO.