Deep Dive - MCU: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Updated: Nov 24, 2020
We polled our entire team and ranked every MCU film across six categories. We weighted each category based on their overall value to the success of the movie.
Plot - 25%
Character Development - 20%
Villain - 20%
Action - 12.5%
Intangibles - 12.5%
Supporting Cast - 10%
Film: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Release Date: May 5, 2017
Rotten Tomato - TOMATOMETER: 84%
Rotten Tomato - Audience: 87%
Opening Weekend: $146,510,104
Gross US: $389,813,101
Gross Worldwide: $863,756,051
Synopsis: The Guardians struggle to keep together as a team while dealing with their personal family issues, notably Star-Lord's encounter with his father the ambitious celestial being Ego.
Analysis: This films opens great and ends amazing. In between, we have a few great scenes and an underlying plot that drags for most of the second Act.
Analysis: If the MCU was to build out a playbook on how to perfectly balance an ensemle cast, this film is what would be on the page. Peter Quill is without a doubt the protagonist of the film. He has plenty of raw moments balancing the relationships between his "Guardians" family, his biological father, and Yondu. If that wasn't enough. this film brings the most out of its entire supporting cast.
Bio: Ego was a Celestial, a primordial and an extremely powerful being, as well as the biological father of Star-Lord.
Evil Plan: Ego only desired to find some meaning and had attempted to do so by conquering the entire universe via an omnicidal extinction-level event known as the Expansion, which would terraform all life-sustaining planets, via the implanting of alien seedlings, to extensions of himself.
Analysis: OK, this evil plan may sound wicked confusing, but it actually works better than most of the world domination ideas from Ego's MCU villain counterparts. I mean have you ever heard a better villain sales pitch? He explained his master plan using "Brandy" lyrics. The best part about Ego, is that he's just so charismatic. Even after you know all of the bad stuff he's done all you want to do is go outside and play catch with him.
Cute and Tiny
Mary Poppins, Y'all
Analysis: This film does a great job at building upon each character coming off of the first film. Yondu is the biggest winner of the film, as he makes the transition from like-able antagonist to a full-fledged Guardian of the Galaxy. Also, Drax is on heater in every scene.
Analysis: Most of the action in the film is saved for the ending battle, but none of that holds a candle to Rocket's epic takedown of the Ravagers.
Analysis: Baby Groot has so many great moments in this film, but what stays with the audience are the emotional connections that the film builds throughout the whole cast. Drax and Mantis, Gamora and Nebula, Peter and Yondu, Peter and Rocket, Peter and Gamora, Rocket and Yondu, Baby Groot and everyone. The list goes on and on. All of these relationships build throughout the film for the ultimate payoff during Cat Steven's Father & Son. Kraglin's reaction in this scene embodies the feels of the entire audience.
We also have ridiculous moments like this...
Analysis: This film is a fun ride. The plot isn't as tight and well-paced as the first film, but it does a great job expanding on the entire roster of characters. The audience walks away from this film with tears in their eyes and a smile on their face. Damn you Cat Stevens. Damn you.