English Draft – Nick Gibney
Traditional concepts of masculinity and the film industry have regulary gone hand in hand. The film ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy vol 2’,(2017) directed by James Gunn, both confirms and challenges this idea. Rocket the Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, is one character from the film who demonstrates the stereotypical male persona. Rocket is known for his malevolent behaviour and sinister sense of humour. He uses these to try and cover up his deep sadness and the emotions he actually has for his teammates.
Throughout both of the “Guardians Of The Galaxy” films Rocket is almost always displayed as a malicious and cynical character. His sense of humour is dark and twisted, as can be seen when he asks Quill to get him a cybernetic eye when it is not even going to be used in the plan. Rocket is always spiteful and cruel to pretty much anyone, except Groot, for no apparent reason. An example is when he steals the 'Anulax batteries' from the Sovereign people because "They were really easy to steal' and 'You saw how that high priestess talked down to us.”. He steals expensive batteries based on his feelings that the Sovereign race and their queen were condescending in their speech and actions. These reasons are not seen again in the film, they were most likely an excuse for stealing the batteries.
Camera angles, lighting and music/audio are also influential as they give an extra edge to Rocket’s character, for example, the camera is usually positioned below him to try and make him look tough, to try and accentuate his inflated masculine nature. However, in the scene where he stops Gamora from leaving the spaceship, the camera was positioned in a low shot to try and convey the apparent sudden change in his emotions. Another example in the film is the music used around Rocket. For the most part, the music inspires a crazed want for action, which adds a psychopathic flair to his already messed-up subconscious. One possibility for Rocket's overly masculine, tough and unstable behaviour could be the anxiety and nervousness caused by not knowing what he really is.
Rocket was significantly altered in a scientific laboratory and grew not knowing any family or if he even has any. This might be one of the factors of his deep sadness. It...