Review: Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3 ‘Fitting End To The Trilogy’

By Gary

The highs and lows of the Guardians of the Galaxy comes to an end with an emotional rollercoaster that brings the trilogy to a fitting end.

The film picks up after the events of the Infinity Wars as Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) still reeling from the loss of Gamora (Zoe Saldana), 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.

Having sat through some phase 4 films that failed to inspire Guardians feels like a breath of fresh air.

It’s less a run of the mill superhero film and more an out of this world space adventure handled with care by director James Gunn.

At its heart, Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3 is a story about family, loss, and technology all of which are prominent in today’s zeitgeist.

These themes sometimes cause you to forget that you are watching a Marvel movie. The movie’s backstory is dark, but it helps to hammer home the themes and the villain.

The universe is full of characters that are both weird, sometimes very weird and unique when compared to the rest of the MCU.

That’s mostly a good thing. Despite the movie being dark at times, there is also a lot of humour which fits especially well with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise when compared to other Marvel franchises.

The action and of course the music was up to level we now expect from Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

This movie focuses heavily on our beloved Rocket’s (Voiced by Bradley Cooper) story, we get to know all of his back story of where he came from and how The High Evolutionary did experiments on all kinds of creatures trying to create the perfect being.

Parts of Rocket’s story are really sad and will cause a lot of tears.

(L-R): Karen Gillan as Nebula, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, and Dave Bautista as Drax in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Photo by Jessica Miglio. © 2023 MARVEL.

The humour is brilliant, the storyline perfectly paced, each character gets their time on screen, the world building was wonderful, the action fantastic, and the CGI far better than some of the more recent Marvel additions. 

Our bad guy, The High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji) an actor I’m unfamiliar with, was the perfect villain, and from a quick search on IMDb he is finally being recognised and is cast in several popular TV shows.

This is also a tearjerker of a movie, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself weeping throughout several points of the film.

You won’t be disappointed with this final addition to the Guardians, but you may feel a little sad that it has now come to an end.

The main parts that I didn’t like about this movie involve Adam Warlock (Will Poulter), I feel Marvel have really done this character a dis-service, the film would have been fine if the character had been taken out.

I think Adam Warlock from the Comic probably deserves his own movie; he is one of the most powerful characters in Marvel Comic Universe, I hope he will team up with some other Superheroes from the cosmic part of Marvel.

Maybe we get The Silver Surfer, Nova, Beta Ray Bill. I believe the team was called the Annihilators. Adam Warlock’s main stories in the Marvel Comics revolved around the Infinity Stones, which is why he should have been in Infinity War or End Game movies.

The other actors in this also give good performances, Karen Gillen as Nebula is really good as are Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer and Pom Klementieff as Mantis. Vin Dielsel dosen’t have a whole lot to do again other than his line I am Groot.

In some versions of the Comics, Cosmo (Voiced by Maria Bakalova) the Russian space dog who can talk is the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 has two post credit scenes, and I will say to lower your expectations for them, I have watched several videos about what people thought the post credit scenes would be and yeah they don’t live up to what people have speculated.

This is one of the better post Avengers: Endgame movies and a fitting end to the trilogy.

I think Guiadians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 is the perfect summer blockbuster, and most people will come out having been entertained and very emotional.

My Rating: 9/10