Monday, April 15, 2024

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Will Make Millions This Weekend Despite Bad Reviews and General Bewilderment


I have not seen “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” although I really like the first one. Word on this one has been pretty bad. A friend who’s worked in film for years told me yesterday that he’d seen it and didn’t understand it. “I had to Google the first movie during this one to remind me what’s going on,” he said.

GOTG2 has an 83 on Rotten Tomatoes. But is that really 83? Among the 45 top reviewers, 15 didn’t like it. So that’s really 67.

But that’s the complication of Rotten Tomatoes. A lot of so-called reviewers will give “Fresh” designations to things they don’t like. A number of “GOTG2” reviewers used the word “bloat” or “bloated” in their positive reviews. Victoria Alexander of wrote: “The best sequel in years. Though I didn’t understand the plot or the dialogue.” She assigned a Fresh standing, however.

Richard Roeper, of the Chicago Sun Times, also assigned a Fresh to GOTG2. But he wrote negatively: “Like many a sequel to a slam-bang, much-liked mega-hit, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 isn’t quite as much fun, not quite as clever, not quite as fresh as the original – but it still packs a bright and shiny and sweet punch.”

I don’t consider that a good review.

Nevertheless, GOTG2 will make its main money this weekend, looking at a $120-$130 million box office. Tonight– Friday– will be huge as it will include $17 million that came in last night.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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