I am dubbing 2017 the official “Year of the Superhero.” Why this year? Well, my skepticism towards the Justice League aside, this year has (and will) put forth many of the best superhero movies on record. “Logan” was a strong, emotional send-off for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. “Wonder Woman” is easily the best intro movie to a superhero; if you think I’m exaggerating, Rotten Tomatoes agrees with me. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” looks quirky and funny, with actual teenagers in the main roles, the way Spider-Man is supposed to be. That first “Thor: Ragnorak” trailer had an awesome retro style with some of the funniest superhero movie moments to date.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” wins the prize for being off-the-walls insane. The movie was full of multiple jaw-dropping twists. It’s about as crazy as the comics themselves. For once we have a superhero movie that harkens back to the absurdity of comics instead of attempting to make something silly seem realistic and relatable.
There are a lot of things to enjoy about this movie. It builds on character development more so than the first movie did, with Vol. 1 villains Nebula and Yondu stealing some of the audience’s affection. The jokes aren’t as frequent, but they are smarter.
Then, of course, there is Baby Groot. The people who made the movie knew exactly what the audience wanted, and gave it to us as much as possible. There isn’t a moment in the movie more delightful than the action-packed opening where Groot dances around a battlefield while the rest of the Guardians co-parent him out of harm’s way. The spotlight is on Baby Groot whenever possible and it is a darling sight to behold.
The media keeps expecting superhero fatigue, but as long as filmmakers continue to find ways to reinvent the genre, it will be a long time before we want them gone. As long as there is a “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” for every unimpressive “Doctor Strange” or an awe-inspiring “Wonder Woman” to balance out every underwhelming DC movie, I’ll continue to excitedly anticipate future superhero movies.
If you don’t have the time or money to get out to theatres to see “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” there are plenty of options available at your library to fill the void while you wait for it to be on DVD. Check out the original “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie and watch it again, or read our growing collection of Guardians comic books/novels. You could also jam to the movie soundtracks, as they are available to check out as well!