Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Movie Review: Wishing for an Encore

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After almost a decade since its arrival, the end is here for the "Guardians of the Galaxy". This is a somber note for us in a personally as this was our favorite franchise within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Each film had the perfect mix of their booming soundtrack, unique comedic beats, and a space fantasy that has rocked our boat twice in a row.  This third and final entry missed a beat from perfection but the overall product was a worthy end to this franchise and one that will leave you wishing for an encore.

The Guardians have finally settled into their new home base on the planet Knowhere. But as the team is settling down, it doesn’t take long for their their lives to be upended - this time by the ghosts of Rocket’s (Bradley Cooper) undiscovered past. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), still reeling from the loss of Gamora (Zoe Saldana), must find the will to lead his team on a dangerous mission one final time to save his best friend's life by uncovering the true creator of Rocket's abilities to talk, walk, and think like a higher life form.  

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" ranks high as one of the most disturbing and graphic MCU film to date. The depictions of cruelty (and particularly animal cruelty at that) was surprisingly dark. And coming from a trilogy known for its laughs, this was a stark contrast to what we expected from this film as a whole experience. The film's opening song could have been a huge clue to what the film was trying to attempt in Vol. 3 ("Creep" by Radiohead) which turned out to be much more somber and dramatic than anticipated. The film's primary narrative, revolving around Rocket's past, was its strongest asset and definitely the heart and soul of the film. What we found weird though was the inclusion of Adam Warlock (played by Will Poulter) which we believe was underutilized or misused. You could, in fact, remove his character from the film and there would be no impact at all and it was quite obvious that his character was put here as an introduction to something more (Vol. 4 perhaps?). Everything else is typical fare for a "Guardians of the Galaxy" experience. There are epic fights, amazing visuals, great humor, and eccentric chemistry between the team that just works. This is easily one of the better MCU releases recently and one that cements "Guardians of the Galaxy" as the best trilogy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by far.    

Rating: 4 and a half reels

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