sholio: sun on winter trees (0)
Sholio ([personal profile] sholio) wrote 2017-05-17 05:16 am (UTC)

I usually really, really, really hate the 'kill the character at the end' thing. So much hate. But I didn't this time - maybe because they spent the movie SHOWING how Yondu thought of Peter and what he thought of his mistakes and what happened to his crew. And Then they spent time with the AFTER, the funeral, the talking, the making sense of it all, the redemption. Usually it's death, whooops, end of movie.

Yeah, I've been thinking a lot about why this one worked for me when usually "redemption by death" is a trope I absolutely hate, and I think that's why. Most of the other character deaths I can think of happened somewhere in the middle of the action, and at most we got a brief funeral scene at the end, but it never really felt like enough. In this case, though, the entire rest of the movie was devoted to Yondu's death and its impact on everyone. I still wish he wasn't dead, but I think they did a great job with not making his death feel tokenistic or shocking, but rather, thematically necessary to the whole movie. It would've been a much different and less emotionally powerful movie if he hadn't died.

ETA: Oh, and I agree totally about Peter unhesitatingly blasting at Ego. That was great!

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