Like many of us, I went to see the Guardians of The Galaxy sequel and to my surprise enjoyed it more than the first. Now as much as I would love to talk about the inverted opening fight sequence, Rocket & Yando’s tender moment or everything Drax does, it really is time to talk about Gamora.
Oh and Nebula. Did I forget to mention Nebula?
I have to raise my glass to James Gunn for this utter masterpiece of a movie, as someone who probably spends more time in the cinema than they should, I tend to get a bit of blockbuster fatigue. This film felt fresh, it followed a different beat your usual comic book flick and I loved it for it.
What really caught my attention this time around, apart from Baby Groot who is objectively adorable so shut up, was the treatment of Gamora.
With Vol. 2 being a sequel it would be far to easy to weasel her in as just another love interest, or even some basic eye candy. She is a character in her own right, a voice of reason, hard, determined, compassionate, gentle, intelligent and angry.
Not being a typical love interest is so important, especially in a modern day action film, or any film that isn’t a romance. Love stories are not necessary, life doesn’t always revolve around love, or at least, romantic, sexual love.
I’m not about to deny that love exists within the story, or that Starlord & Gamora might get together eventually, but it doesn’t revolve around that and that’s bloody fantastic.
Being angry is important, and it’s a flaw that female characters are not allowed to have, unless said anger is blamed on their hormones, because of course. Gamora is unapologetically angry. she growls, grunts and snarls. Women are allowed to be angry, but not look angry.
Think about female action stars, even when they fight they are poised, stern, determined, never allowing any unpretty rage to show.
Unless of course, you’re Gamora.
Okay, or Nebula.
Nebula is intense, so intense that she almost seems out of place in this fun-filled Marvel movie, but I suspect that’s the point. I still find it funny that she could be in any of the recent Superman movies with that level of brooding indignation.
Nebula’s hatred of Gamora has it’s roots in loneliness and love. As daughters of Thanos they were pitted against each other, resulting in resentment that was a bit, well, psychotic.
When the sisters finally confront each other about the children’s intergalactic UFC competitions that they were forced to endure, we are treated to revelations.
Nebula reveals that all she wanted was a sister, not someone who had to win, no matter the cost, with Gamora explaining that she was a child too, frightened to death & fighting to survive.
The best part of this, she doesn’t apologise. So often are women forced or coerced into saying sorry for doing what they had to, when they needed to,from standing up to others and for standing up for themselves.
Not this time, no apologies, just acknowledgement and acceptance.