Monday, May 22, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) - Through the Eyes of Selina

Number Rolled: N/A
Movie Name/Year: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Tagline: Obviously.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Length: 136 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Production Companies: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
Producer: Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito, Kevin Feige, David J. Grant, Simon Hatt, Nikolas Korda, Stan Lee, Jonathan Schwartz, Lars P. Winther
Director: James Gunn
Writer: James Gunn, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Steve Englehart, Steve Gan, Jim Starlin, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, Bill Mantio, Keith Giffen
Actors: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, Aaron Schwartz, Alex Klein, Evan Jones, Joe Fria, Terence Rosemore, Jimmy Urine, Stephen Blackehart, Steve Agee, Blondy Baruti, Richard Christy, Rhoda Griffis, Elizabeth Ludlow, Wyatt Oleff, Gregg Henry, Seth Green, Ving Rhames, Michael Rosenbaum, Michelle Yeoh, Miley Cyrus, Jeff Goldblum, David Hasselhoff, Stan Lee, Kelly Richardson
Stunt Doubles: John Casino, Rob de Groot, Tony McFarr, Kelly Richardson, Sean Taylor, Lee-Anne Telford, Amy Lynn Tuttle, Todd Warren, Boni Yanagisawa

Blurb from IMDb: Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' continues the team's adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.

Selina’s Point of View:
Cat’s still away, so I figured we’d forgo Netflix and discuss something that came out this month.

I got to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 the day before Mother’s Day.

Now, I can sit here and tell you how hilarious it was, how great the acting was, the emotional aspects of the story-line, the implications of the FIVE after-credits scenes, or pretty much anything else in the world that every other reviewer is already going to tell you.

Big surprise, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was awesome. Did you expect me to say anything different? In fact, the only thing I can tell you that no one else can is my own, very personal, take on the film.

Of all the things I could have said, I imagine you didn’t expect for me to say that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 helped me. It’s just a comic book movie, after all. What good could it possibly do? A lot, actually. James Gunn (Slither, Dawn of the Dead, Super) really did more than just a great job with the script. 

This requires some back story.

Not long ago, I was on a medication that caused some mental side effects such as depression. I’m off the medication now, but the effects have been a bit more difficult to shake. Random triggers have been causing this incredible sense of dread and anxiety. It's been invasive, to say the least.

This is not the way my mind used to work. I've always had some minor issues with anxiety, but this is on a whole other level.

I realized the change in thought process when I went to the hospital for an unrelated issue and, after explaining a panic attack from earlier in the day, the doctor asked me if I was suicidal.

I’m not. I had issues with that in Junior High School when things got really bad, but it’s been a long time. Still, the question hit me like a brick in the face. I've lost loved ones to suicide in the past and it's not a suggestion I can even pretend stomach.

I called my doctor that day and got off the medication.

The problems have lessened, but persisted. No amount of therapy has helped much.

What did help, at least some, was this film.

When I went to the movies to see this Marvel flick, I hardly expected to be presented with enough of a visual representation of the meaning of life to help ease my crisis.

Obviously, I can’t go too much into detail, because Trust the Dice doesn’t deal in spoilers, but there were parts that helped me see things in such a different perspective that I burst into tears right there in the theater. The relief was deeper than anything I could ever truly communicate to someone that hasn’t been on the wrong side of this kind of inner turmoil.

When it comes down to it, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is just a movie. A damn good movie, but still – just a movie. The creating team knows no more about life and existence than the rest of us. Still, some of the ideas written into the film and plot by James Gunn have been an incredible help to me, strange as it sounds.

All I can say is “thank you” to the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 team. 

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 81%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 90%
Metascore - 67/100
Metacritic User Score – 8.1/10
IMDB Score – 8.1/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating5/5

P.S. One more reminder: FIVE credits/after credits scenes.

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