Three things that saved GotG Vol. 2 from total bust:
- The characters and their relationships – namely, the first movie;
- The Chain by Fleetwood Mac;
- Nebula and Yondu.
I also have to give them credit for avoiding a giant hole in the sky and opting for a subterranean climax.
Twice as many things due to which it sucked:
- The unbearable pointlessness of the Sovereign;
- Forced humour;
- Yes, we get it. Little Groot is cute.
- Angst overload;
- Drax as a comic relief character;
- The James Bondian “let’s pause so I can explain my evil plan to you”.
Let’s Talk About Plot
Recently, there has been an influx of “big” movies without plot. This post was in my head after the remake of the Fantastic Four. It was there after Dr Strange. Suicide Squad, anyone? I’m really really sorry that it was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that has prompted me to finally write it.
We really do not need to refer to Aristotle to know that every story needs to have three parts: the beginning, the middle and the end. Logic entails that the beginning serves as an introduction to the story and its characters, the middle is in fact plot development which introduces the conflict and where the story reaches its climax, while the end gives us resolution and conclusion (we should be so lucky).
Boys and girls who are writing superhero movies as of recently have decided to forgo introduction and plot development for something I will call a reminder. For approximately one hour (if we’re lucky, it’s just one hour) we are reminded about how cool the characters are, how familiar we are with them and the “universe” and how much we love it all. The reminder is also full of WHAM! BAM! KAPOW!
And then WHAM! BAM! KAPOW! – the climax of the movie. The end.
Pretty much like the structure of this post.