One of the reasons that so many people liked Guardians of the Galaxy is because the film was funnier than your average comic book movie. Somebody thinks it's gone too far. The team at Screen Junkies has turned their attention to the blockbuster sequel to the surprise Marvel Studios hit and they don't think it's nearly as funny as it seems to think it is. Check out the Honest Trailer below.
As the new Honest Trailer points out, it's not that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 isn't funny. The movie is actually quite entertaining. However, the characters spend an awful lot of time laughing at their own jokes. I'll be honest, I hadn't quite realized just how much of the film's runtime is taking up by people laughing. They could have made the movie significantly shorter by cutting a lot of it out. For the most part, there's nothing wrong with laughter, but it does certainly give one the impression that the movie has to tell the audience when to laugh, and Guardians really doesn't need to do that because the jokes actually are pretty good.
The Honest Trailer also calls out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 's portrayal of Drax, who does seem to become very sex focused in the new movie. We understand that the character doesn't understand metaphor and is therefore blunt and honest, but there are a couple places where that just gets uncomfortable. Also, while Guardians does talk about friends as family in the same way that the Fast and Furious movies do. Guardians doesn't quite beat you over the head with the idea as much as the Vin Diesel franchise does.
The trailer also deals with the death of Michael Rooker's Yondu and in doing probably makes its most salient point, that deaths in Marvel movies are pretty much worthless. Yondu's death, which is actually well done in its own right, is also the most tragic in the MCU, but a lot of that is due to the fact that it has literally zero competition. Every other Marvel death either sees the character return from the dead, which is standard for material based on comic books, or it lacks emotional weight because the character simply didn't endear themselves to the audience very well. To be fair, if Yondu wasn't played by Michael Rooker it's possible Yondu's death wouldn't have meant as much either.
All in all the Honest Trailer doesn't beat up on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 all that much because it's difficult to argue that movie is actually bad. It's one of Marvel's better franchises overall, and as they admit, it's still one of the better sequels the studio has ever released.
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