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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Review – A Heartfelt Sendoff

Embark on an Epic Farewell: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ captures the heart and soul of an interstellar saga’s poignant conclusion.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3 Review
Marvel

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 Review:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ The highly anticipated third installment of the Guardians franchise acted not only as a culmination for its original roster but breathed new life into the MCU’s multiverse saga. With Star-Lord, Drax, Nebula, Rocket, Mantis, Gamora, and Groot taking the stage for potentially the final time together, this movie had its heart, humor, and action to leave many Marvel fans satisfied with its conclusion.

WARNING: Potential minor spoilers ahead.

Rocket Takes Lead

Rocket - Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Review
Marvel

To some, it’s no surprise this story was a little different from the first two, most third movies in a trilogy are. Even the promotion of the film hinted at a potential change in narrative. Within the first act, we’re able to briefly catch up on our heroes; The team’s new home is Knowhere, and Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) spends his days drowning himself with alcohol amid the loss of his love Gamora (Zoe Saldaña). Quill isn’t in the best spot in his life but at least he has Rocket (Bradley Cooper) around. Rocket has the most important role here, which we’ll get to in a moment.

As The Guardians are attacked by Adam Warlock (Will Poulter), Rocket is wounded. Though Nebula (Karen Gillan) stabs Adam, having him flee, Rocket is in critical condition and the team discovers they cannot heal him due to a kill switch embedded in him by a company called Orgocorp, run by the High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji). With time not on their side, they travel to Orgocorp for answers and the switch’s override code, setting the plot in motion.

Adam Warlock - Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Review
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There is where Rocket takes the center of the story. As he’s unconscious, he dreams of his past when he was experimented on as a baby raccoon. For the first time in its franchise, we’re led by another character besides Peter Quill. Usually, taking the narrative from your protagonist for too long is a bold move some audiences may not like. But in this case, it works; we’re able to see what shaped Rocket and his traumatic past. For an audience to get behind a character, you need to portray a form of struggle and relatability; an emotional connection. With the use of animal abuse and a villain that pulls no punches, Guardians 3 proved to have an intact story.

Believable Villain, High Stakes

High Evolutionary - Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3 Review
Marvel

Speaking of pulling no punches, High Evolutionary poses real threats with good enough motives to cement himself as one of the better villains in the past few MCU projects. Some fans even took to social media to express how they enjoyed him more than Kang. Though it’s certain the studio will have more time to flesh out Kang in other multiverse projects. As Adam goes, he had some great moments of action and comedy that this movie demanded, but at times is underutilized which is common in these ensembles.

The Verdict

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3 Review
Marvel

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 offers a conclusion to its original cast that will have you laugh, cry and cheer all within its two-hour window. It provides a happy ending for most and a tease for the future of the team. While everyone has their opinions about Phase Four, and now with Phase Five, it’s safe to say Guardians 3 isn’t on that list of criticism.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

Director: James Gunn

Date Created: 2023-05-05 10:29

Editor's Rating:
4.5

Pros

  • While everyone has their opinions about Phase Four, and now with Phase Five, its safe to say Guardians 3 isn't on that list of criticism.

Cons

  • As Adam goes, he had some great moments of action and comedy that this movie demanded, but at times is underutilized which is common in these ensembles.

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