From a plot perspective, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 was a bit of a hot mess. It’s got planet fathers, strange beasts, gold plated elves, mutinies, murderous sisters, and a universe ending nefarious plan. All while trying to be funny.
And yet! It a lovable hot mess. And not only that, it works. It’s a solid movie.
The big reason that it works, and that it’s so lovable, is that under all the plot zaniness lies two interconnected things: developed characters who have character arcs and a strong theme of family* that ties it together (while also driving the character arcs). In addition, most of the humour felt seamless, arising from the characters’ actions as they moved along those arcs.
In the end, the Guardians franchise introduced the two characters who have the strongest character arcs in all of the MCU, that of Nebula and Rocket, with Rocket’s being especially strong in Vol 2, and one of my favourite scenes in all of the MCU involving the two of them.**
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