guardians of the galaxy vol. 3
starring: chris pratt, zoe salanda, dave bautista, and karen gillan
REVIEWER: lyall carter
Still reeling from the loss of Gamora, Peter Quill rallies his team to defend the universe and one of their own - a mission that could mean the end of the Guardians if not successful.
Nearly a decade ago, at the height of the MCU’s popularity, a ragtag bunch of superheroes entered the Marvel universe and tore a hole right through the galaxy. It was fresh, full of so much heart and creative flair from relatively unknown director James Gunn and made its star, Chris Pratt, a household name overnight.
Some naysayers reckon that the days of the superhero movies are numbered, pointing to lower box office returns and less favourable critical reviews. If Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is anything to go by, they couldn’t be more wrong. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is everything that you would want and more in the final film in the trilogy. It continues to be bold, fresh, and will have you laughing one moment and weeping the next. A hell of a last ride.
In Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 our beloved band of misfits are settling into life on Knowhere. But it isn’t long before their lives are upended by the echoes of Rocket’s turbulent past. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him on a dangerous mission to save Rocket’s life—a mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.
Director James Gunn doesn’t seem to be satisfied with leaving his characters where they left off at the end of Vol. 2 (or the Christmas special if you count that). He continues to grow and develop them, adding further depth to them and making them, the CGI creatures included, even more relatable.
Without giving too much away, GOTG Vol 3. gives Rocket the backstory he truly deserves. It’s harrowing and heartbreaking in equal measure and will have you in a teary mess in the cinema. It's possibly Marvel's darkest film to date, delving into places that you can't really believe they'd go. To think that James Gunn could get the audience to care so deeply about a CGI character is another example of his genius.
GOTG Vol. 3 continues to lead the way in superhero, fantasy sci-fi films in its world building. This is one of the many reasons why many people saw the GOTG films the millennial generation's Star Wars trilogy. The world building - creatures, planets, ships - is all exquisitely crafted together to enhance the narrative.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is everything that you would want and more in the final film in the trilogy. It continues to be bold, fresh, and will have you laughing one moment and weeping the next. A hell of a last ride.