Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Movie Review: Decent

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Movie Review
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 picks up with the team dealing with the loss of Gamora. The situation worsens when Rocket is attacked, resulting in him being hurt. In their attempt to save his life, the guardians come across his concealed past and go head-to-head with the High Evolutionary.

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Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is Star-Lord, an intergalactic space gunslinger known for his dance moves. He turns to drinking as he continues to mourn the loss of Gamora, with whom he had a past relationship. But, he quickly sobers up to save his teammate and friend after a surprise attack by Adam Warlock.

Peter’s leadership skills stand out even though he isn’t a fighter. He is able to steer his team through difficult predicaments with ease and success. His unwavering determination to support Rocket showcases his deep care for them. Peter doesn’t engage in many hand-to-hand combat scenes but rather excels in shootouts, which are still enjoyable to watch.

In an unexpected turn, Peter accidentally gets trapped in space, with his face swollen and all hope seemingly lost. Miraculously, Adam retrieves his body and brings him back to the ship, reviving him shortly after. It’s surprising because Peter is believed to be human, having put an end to his celestial lineage by defeating his father in Volume 2. So, surviving in space should have been impossible for him. However, it appears otherwise. The shift from being a space ladies’ man to a lovestruck individual was somewhat embarrassing.

Despite his numerous previous encounters, Peter finds himself deeply longing for a woman who doesn’t reciprocate his feelings. Perhaps this was necessary to create a reason for him to distance himself from the Guardians and visit his grandfather on Earth. At one point in the film, he contemplates pursuing a romantic relationship with Nebula, demonstrating that on any planet, one can explore the option of dating their ex’s sister if things don’t work out.

Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) is a highly intelligent lifeform and skilled marksman on the team. His value is evident as the High Evolutionary, years later, sends Adam Warlock to retrieve him, resulting in severe injuries for Rocket. While in a coma, Rocket experiences flashbacks of his origins, reliving the trauma inflicted upon him by his “creator.” And the friendships he made with other experiments , all of them were trapped in cages, which was a sad existence.

The environment they were in resembled a ghetto, and like in the ghetto, Rocket lost his friends in a tragic gunfight. In the afterlife, Rocket briefly reunites with his departed friends and contemplates staying with them for eternity. However, Lylla persuades him to return to his team and continue to live his life. One aspect I disliked was that Rocket’s initial attack on the High Evolutionary inadvertently made the latter more powerful.

By having his team join in this time, the High Evolutionary’s power could be further strengthened – particularly since Rocket refused to take the drastic action of terminating the man’s life. Because he’s a guardian of the galaxy. It’s worth noting that Drax, who was present in the same room, could have potentially done it for him. Rocket assumes leadership of the new Guardians of the Galaxy.

Nebula (Karen Gillan) is the augmented daughter of Thanos and utilizes her brutal skills on behalf of the team. Due to her upbringing, she remains cold and menacing, but being a part of the Guardians has gradually softened her demeanor, as she forms a new family with them. There’s really nothing negative to say about her, except for her lack of hair. Personally, she was my favorite character in the movie without a doubt. The fights she engages in to protect her friends are truly spectacular to watch. Witnessing Nebula endure injuries only to heal and pop her “bones” back into place is both terrifying and impressive.

It’s intriguing to speculate about the surgical modifications Thanos subjected her to, granting her the ability to manipulate her bones. The rest of the team could certainly benefit from such enhancements, considering Nebula appears to sustain more damage than even Drax.

Drax (Dave Bautista) is the muscle and destroyer of the team, although he appears to become increasingly dim-witted with each movie. Despite his title as the destroyer, it’s unclear how he earned it, as he seems more like a troublemaker than a powerful force. Each time he appeared on screen, I found myself wishing he would go away. Even in fight scenes, he would often get severely beaten and would likely not survive without assistance. The only useful role he played in this movie was as a stepdad to the children created by the High Evolutionary, serving as a translator for them.

Perhaps Drax should consider changing his name from “the destroyer” to “the babysitter.”

Mantis (Pom Klementieff) is the sister of Peter Quill and often serves as the voice of reason within the team, thanks to her ability to manipulate others. She forms a comedic duo with Drax in the movie. Her primary role was to use her abilities to assist the team when needed. However, when she confronts Adam Warlock and ends up with a broken arm, her fighting career comes to an end, and she mostly stands on the sidelines for support.

By the end of the movie, Mantis expresses a desire to become her own person, acknowledging that she doesn’t have a real purpose on the team.

Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is an alternate version of herself who has joined the Ravagers. She assists the team in their quest to gather information and save Rocket, but her personality comes off as cold and annoying at times. It’s unclear whether Peter’s vulnerability around her contributed to this or if the actress was not enthusiastic about running around a hot set in green makeup.

There are even scenes where Nebula has to tell her to calm down. Gamora’s decision to return to the Ravagers is seen as the best thing that happened in the movie, even though it occurred towards the end.

Groot (Vin Diesel) has become slightly bulkier since the last time we saw the Flora colossus. Groot possesses more tricks but remains mostly true to his character. The surprise of him speaking a full sentence caught me off guard, and it’s questionable why it wasn’t further addressed. If he had the ability to speak all along, why did he only say “I am Groot” throughout the entire series?

There were several side characters in this movie, including Cosmo, Kraglin, and Adam Warlock. Cosmo is a talking dog with telekinetic abilities, while Kraglin, who has taken Yondu’s mohawk and spear, learns how to wield them effectively. Adam Warlock can be seen as the space version of Vision, although he lacks artificial intelligence and is not particularly intelligent. Despite his youth, he possesses immense power, which is showcased when his mother instructs him to interrogate a prisoner, only for him to accidentally obliterate the prisoner, fitting James Gunn’s brand of humor. Actor Will Poulter underwent significant physical transformation, adding muscle mass, but disappointingly, there was only a brief scene where you catch a glimpse of his battle-damaged muscles and chest.

It felt similar to J.K. Simmons‘ weightlifting efforts in preparation for a cameo wearing a trench coat for a mere minute in the Justice League movie.

Villian

The High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji) is a godlike threat and the creator of Rocket and the inhabitants of Counter Earth. Initially appearing human, he underwent augmentations that granted him control over gravity. His ultimate goal was to create the perfect life form. As a creator, he had no issues about destroying entire planets, wiping out the evolved inhabitants, and starting anew with new specimens. Throughout the film, his relentless pursuit of Rocket showcased his desire to capture and study the one creation that possessed free-thinking capabilities and creativity, making Rocket an anomaly. In order to make sure he had ultimate control over Rocket, he installed a killswitch. If ever there was a time when he needed to get rid of it, his only option would be to go back to him for help. It was refreshing to see that his motivations did not involve the destruction of the universe, as building up to universal threats can become tiresome.

However, the focus on capturing Rocket for the purpose of studying his brain felt prolonged and lacked a strong enough reason to warrant such emphasis in the movie. The High Evolutionary allowed his ship to sustain damage, leading his own subordinates to turn against him, ultimately resulting in an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Guardians. Left for dead on his collapsing ship, it is likely that he survived, and if he were to make future appearances, it would be preferable for him to return as a more formidable and compelling villain.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Thoughts

As the final Guardians movie directed by James Gunn, it wasn’t bad. The core members of the team went their separate ways by the end, tying up loose ends and embarking on new individual journeys. It’s a reminder that nothing lasts forever, and even good things must come to an end. While it may not have been the ending die-hard fans desired, it felt appropriate. Superhero movies have become formulaic to the point of feeling like a chore to watch, so concluding the Guardians trilogy with three films on a decent note is tolerable. The segment involving the children reminded me of Thor: Love and Thunder, especially the mid-credit scene featuring the new Guardians of the Galaxy, consisting of King Groot, Rocket Racoon, Adam Warlock, Kraglin, Cosmo, and Phyla-Vell, launching into battle against hordes of enemies. The scene leaves the rest of the battle to the imagination of the audience.

I’m getting quite tired of recent Marvel movies repeating the same plot element of heroes saving kids who then join their team in the climax to fight villains. If this trope continues to be featured in future films, I may have to give up my interest in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 score 5 out of 10

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