There’s a scene at the end of this movie that absolutely wrecks me. It’s the funeral scene that Cat Stevens’ Father and Son plays over. As I watched it unfold I was surprised by just how heavily it was affecting me. It’s a beautiful sequence and it’s the moment I realized I was watching one of the best MCU movies.
There’s so much character depth here it’s almost staggering. Story arcs are interwoven between multiple characters and every scene and every line seems to have meaning behind it. And I’m not even going to go into the amazing effects, editing, action scenes and acting. If you thought the filmmakers used ’70s and ’80s pop music effectively in the first movie, this is another level. The first Guardians had catchier tunes, but the ones in the sequel have much more meaning.
Again, the movie is all about how its characters relate to one another. By the last shot in the film, there were tears running down my face. As the onscreen characters realized what they’d lost, the path they’d chosen and what it meant for their opportunity for redemption, I was in awe at the movie’s staggering accomplishment.
Best moment: The whole sequence that begins with Father and Son is payoff after payoff and completely wrecks me.