Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – Movie Review

TL;DR – There were sad tears, happy tears, and ugly cry tears, as Vol. 3 did one of the hardest things in cinema. It landed a hat trick.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid and post-credit scene

Disclosure – I paid to see this film

A Hero Walk.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Review

I don’t think I have ever walked into a film with such trepidation. Honestly, the last couple of MCU films has left me with a pause. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was missing the madness. Thor: Love and Thunder is fun but shallow, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was messy, and I have no idea what happened with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. It was getting to the point where I would probably stop seeing them in cinemas. However, I love the previous films so much that I had to give it a go, and I am glad I did.

So to set the scene, as we saw in the Holiday Special, The Guardians have taken up residence on a rebuilt Knowhere. They may have a base of operations, but there is still a lingering pain from the events of Endgame, and it is not the first time they found Peter (Chris Pratt) passed out drunk. But after working together as a family to put him to bed, the quiet of Knowhere is shattered by a golden man as Adam Warlock (Will Poulter) takes the team apart before fleeing, wounded but not before hurting Rocket (Bradley Cooper). But when they go to heal him, they discover a kill switch on Rocket’s heart and must dive into his past to save him.

Bouncing around in multi-coloured space suits.
It is both weird and wonderful. Image Credit: Disney.

When you come into this film, I liked that it is the extension of the story that has been building across the movies. Volume 1 was about this group of strangers being put together and finding a family among themselves. Volume 2 is about the realities of living as a family and all the issues and struggles. Volume 3 is about the lengths you will go to protect your family from the dangers in the world. Each build upon the first, and you can feel the impact of those choices all those years later. You would not care for these people if you did not have all the groundwork to get here.

I loved the visual aspect of this film. That is both weird and wonderful. There is something so profoundly unsettling about landing on a space station that has been grown and not made. Complete with textured skin and hair follicles. It is kind of creeping me out just writing about it now, which is then extended into the design of the interiors with all the biomechanical and icky fluid controls. We oscillate between many different worlds and sets, each with its own vibe, from the industrial to the quirky. It was creating the different textures that you need to keep things fresh.

An awkward elevator ride.
I am glad they changed the costumes up so people did not have to spend as long in make-up. Image Credit: Disney.

It was also great to see how the characters have grown and matured over time. You can feel that some of those childlike qualities are still there in Quill, but also that the years have not been as kind to him, which weighs on his soul. Nebula (Karen Gillan) has become the group’s de facto parent, focusing some of that rage into better avenues. Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Drax (Dave Bautista) have found a new equilibrium in their relationship as they try to find their purpose. Even Kraglin (Sean Gunn) is trying to live up to his mentor but is also in a feud with Cosmo the Spacedog (Maria Bakalova).     

You can have something interesting if you have a film with good character growth, interesting locations, and a generous dash of weirdness. But you want something great, you need to capture emotion, and oh wow, there were tears. Part of this must be that we are watching the story of characters we have been following for so long and diving into new depths we go to throughout the film. You see this the most when we explore Rocket’s past that we have suspected, but we get to see it in all its horror. From the moment you meet Lylla (Linda Cardellini), Teefs (Asim Chaudhry), and Floor (Mikaela Hoover), there is a real sense of dread, all thanks to the unhinged bad guy in The High Evolutionary, played to perfection by Chukwudi Iwuji.

The High Evolutionary
The High Evolutionary is a fantastic bad guy. Image Credit: Disney.

To thoroughly examine the film, there will be some [SPOILERS] from this point onwards. While the emotion of Rocket’s story was powerful, the family coming together in the third act ripped my heart out. This is built upon in the action scenes, where we see a very stylised oner. It is clearly not a one-take scene, but it perfectly gives everyone a moment to shine. Everyone finds a purpose in the end, which makes every moment feel like it has weight. Drax seeing his strength is to be a father, broke me, and I liked how they incorporated Gamora (Zoe Saldaña) without forcing a return to a relationship.

The weirdness is taken to a new level, and I am honestly surprised that we got into the weeds with Counter-Earth. Also, we then kind of gloss over the genocide of all those friendly people that we just met, which might be my only hmmm moment in the movie. I don’t have a big attachment to the comics, so I was okay with Adam Warlock being sort of just there for comic relief, but I am not sure how those who love the comics will feel about that because I know he has a big presence. I was surprised at times and how dark and mature some moments get in this film. Given some of that ending, I am amazed we came in on a PG-13. Also, it goes without saying that many people have tried to copy James Gunn’s strength when it comes to needle drops, but few come close, and this might be the best of all three on that front, but your mileage may vary here.       

A baby Rocket.
It breaks your heart. Image Credit: Disney.

In the end, do we recommend Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Absolutely. I have loved all these films, so watching the entire trilogy stick the landing was a true delight. There were happy, sad, joyful, and ugly tears, but I am just glad that I got to experience it. If you liked Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, we would recommend to you After Yang.

By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.

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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Directed by
– James Gunn
Written by – James Gunn
Based on – Guardians of the Galaxy by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Music by – John Murphy
Cinematography by – Henry Braham
Edited by – Fred Raskin & Greg D’Auria
Production/Distribution Companies – Marvel Studios & Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Starring – Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel & Bradley Cooper with Chukwudi Iwuji, Will Poulter, Elizabeth Debicki, Maria Bakalova, Linda Cardellini, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Rosenbaum, Asim Chaudhry, Mikaela Hoover, Judy Greer, Miriam Shor, Nico Santos, Daniela Melchior, Jennifer Holland, Tara Strong, Kai Zen, Nathan Fillion, Dane DiLiegro, Dee Bradley Baker, Stephen Blackehart, Callie Brand & Slate and Michael Rooker, Gregg Henry, Christopher Fairbank & Seth Green
Rating – Australia: M; Canada: 14A; Germany: 12; New Zealand: M; United Kingdom: 12A; United States: PG-13


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