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    WTF with those SFX?
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    Hey, they finally pulled it off! Young Kurt Russell was way less creepy than young RDJ or young Michael Douglas.
    I guess they blew up the entire budget there because the rest of the movie's effects (specially anything concerning Ego's planet) were Mortal Kombat Annihilation bad.
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    Quote Quoting Philip J. Fry (view post)
    WTF with those SFX?
    I guess they blew up the entire budget there because the rest of the movie's effects (specially anything concerning Ego's planet) were Mortal Kombat Annihilation bad.
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    mild yay? it worked more than it didn't but let someone else do the scripting, directing next time. this movie felt like it was too in love with itself to be a great film in any sense.

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    This series remains competently directed (and look, actual black tones, rather than the bleached-out grays), but this film feels like characters advanced in maturity in only infinitesimal ways, especially Drax (the biggest drain of Gunn over-indulging what made him memorable). I like many of the choices that Gunn makes regarding Samora and Nebula by the end, but wanted that to be far more of a middle act, with expanded actual payoff and resolution.

    Instead, there's interminable sequences with Starlord, who's more inert than he seemed in the past. At least Yondu gets some cool stuff by the end.

    And, though I'm by no means a prude, this featured more prostitute sex and death-by-arrow violence than I expected from a PG-13 film. So insulting that things like this are PG-13 and things like Don't Think Twice are stuck with an R because of pot smoking.
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    Yondu's arrow was way overpowered. I hated that whole sequence. Too easy.
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    I saw this the best possible way, with my nerd friend and some concealed booze which caused me to make no less than two separate bathroom runs.

    It's a greats sequel! I don't think it surpasses the original because of its novelty and the first's tighter plotting but it sure tries its best. The presence of Stallone was surprising, I didn't know that was going to happen. There's a lot to take in about it, both visually and concept-wise. Loved the expanded role of Yondu and wish they hadn't killed him by the end.

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    Quote Quoting dreamdead (view post)

    And, though I'm by no means a prude, this featured more prostitute sex and death-by-arrow violence than I expected from a PG-13 film.
    ...and yet I found it too kid friendly. Mostly I felt Disney dumbed-down the humor so that 8-year olds would get it. Basically two of the main characters (Groot and Drax) were just there for comic relief. Sometimes it still worked, but most of the time I found myself rolling my eyes when these two were on the screen.

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    Just watched this. It pretty much covers all my grievances about the humor. But it also makes a good point about Yondu probably having the best send off of any MCU character. A character that I had never ever cared about before this movie. Like, I didn't even like him in the first movie and now I'm, "it's so sad to see him go."

    It does make me wonder how they will handle when some of the bigger name actors start getting older. RDJ can probably play Tony Stark forever, but there is a shelf life for Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth in those roles. Makes me excited thinking about the story lines if done right. The death of Thor or Steve Rogers. That is probably well down the line, but now I also worry they won't ever get to my favorite Avenger storylines (Kree-Skrull war, Red Zone, and maybe a time travel story were they bring back Ultron).

    It's crazy how I'm never fully fulfilled by these live action super hero movies (the animated tv shows are always better), but somehow they always get me excited for the next one.

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    I like Ellis and think her presentation is world's better than her FilmTuber peers ... but wow. She's approaching personal nemesis territory with this shit. It's like she doesn't know what she doesn't know. That wouldn't be a problem if I ever got the sense that she (or again, any of her peers) were intellectually curious and interested in doing hard research.

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    First I've heard of her.

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    She pops up every now and again on Metafilter as sorta a safe bet. She isn't as aggressive or as fanboyish as her male peers (see this, where she jokingly describes herself as one of the "most known-of female reviewers on the internet").

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    I've followed her off and on for about the past decade now, since her Nostalgia Chick years. In that time, I've found her to be incredibly hit or miss, where sometimes she puts together really thought provoking videos, while others are just unbearably obnoxious. I found this particular one to be of the former variety. *shrug*

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    I've followed her off and on for about the past decade now, since her Nostalgia Chick years. In that time, I've found her to be incredibly hit or miss, where sometimes she puts together really thought provoking videos, while others are just unbearably obnoxious. I found this particular one to be of the former variety. *shrug*
    Yeah, you're way ahead of me. I had no idea her video production had a long and complicated history with the Nostalgia Critic and "Channel Awesome." I fell down a rabbit hole and came across some really bizarre videos, forum posts, tweets, and memes involving her. Most of it is weird ass GamerGater shit and little to do with the content of her videos.

    Part of me wants to nitpick the hell out of her dumb assumptions and lazy pseudo-scholarship. The other part is like "Dude, wtf, you're a grown man. Get a life."

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    Quote Quoting Henry Gale (view post)
    It all just feels like the story is waiting for Ego to unveil his true intentions and push the third act into something the Guardians need to come together to resolve, with way too much talking and fine but oddly static action in between (with a bit of a meaner streak this time around, particularly the stuff with Yondu & co.'s capture and escape).
    This is a lot where I was with the film. There's even one of those insufferable scenes where someone says, "I must tell you something, something important, it's about Ego, it's--" and then Gamora stomps in and blocks the plot.

    For some reason, the film also jumped abruptly, for me, from Ego-as-father-figure to Ego-as-despot. I wish the film could've presented a more convincing argument for why everybody else disappointed Ego so much. Maybe with a visible example? I get it, it's clear, his name is flippin' Ego, so it would always be an irrational leap into universal take-overy, but what if we'd actually seen fair reasons for his disappointment? You want to understand why he'd choose this course beyond simple, raw selfishness (or at least let that build as a plausible cover for his selfishness). The problem is that there's really nothing to think about regarding his greed. He's a shit. Full stop.

    And once he realizes how evil Ego is, Peter has no internal hesitance about taking him down and no lingering emotion over all the revelations. It's like he slides into "time to be awesome" without the weight of everything bearing down on him. While Guardians gives itself license to be more "quippy" than the other Marvel movies, with its band of misfits, I don't think the climax needed quite so many goofs (like the rock hitting Mantis, or Quill turning into a giant Pac-Man), as I would've liked to see more emotion given to Peter coming to terms with his father being the ultimate in paternal abandonment / selfishness. Even when Peter cries out, "You killed my mom!" before launching his first attack, he also has to add "And broke my walkman!" (paraphrase). Movie, you don't need that. You think you do, because FUN, but you don't.

    [Even so, it's funny how this lark generates so much more emotion out of "you killed my mom" than the inept Civil War.]

    Otherwise, I'll just echo what most are saying, with special attention paid to the nice B-plot with Gamora and Nebula, where you actually buy the fact that these two women could be fighting with full intention to kill while also breaking down lifelong emotional barriers that lead to some amount of reconciliation. It's preposterous, and I put a lot of that success on Karen Gillan, who explains her grievances with Gamora like she's been reciting it to herself for years, which gives us enough of a baseline that we understand why she's willing to shear off her ship's wings in pursuit of (Michael Palin voice) rev-v-v-eeennnge!

    Sidebar: It was sad when Yondu died, but they overdid it with the extended fireworks.

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    Quote Quoting Dead & Messed Up (view post)
    Sidebar: It was sad when Yondu died, but they overdid it with the extended fireworks.

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    Kevin Smith convinced himself there was heart in Batman v. Superman because he saw parademons.

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