Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is actually still in theaters, and will begin streaming July 9th with Disney Plus to follow
“You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry.” We’ve all heard that term before, usually used in the hype or promotion of some sort of entertainment. Many times, these are empty promises. Well, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 delivers. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and a whole lot more. This movie delivers the humor you have come to expect from the series. But it is also dark and violent, tragic but uplifting and there are scenes that are hard to watch. After failures in final installments in recent years, Guardians 3 is a masterclass in storytelling and final chapters.
After seeing so many mediocre Marvel movies since Avengers : Endgame, GOTG 3 is a return to form and may even be better than Spider-Man : No Way Home, the only other good Marvel film since 2019. James Gunn has truly created a masterpiece and given a fitting conclusion to every character involved. The film begins with a violent opening scene setting up an obvious mcguffin plot line. Despite this, I was 100% emotionally invested from that point right up until the end and I only became more so as the movie went on.
Rocket’s backstory is a big subplot in the movie and it is surprisingly engrossing and touching. I remember back in 2014 wondering if I was going to be able to take a talking raccoon seriously. But with his very distinct personality combined with extremely well done character development in this film, combined with Bradley Cooper’s amazing performance, Rocket now feels like a more fully realized character than ever before.
Also, Gunn and company did a bang-up job of playing with the audience’s expectations and speculation of which characters may die, both in the trailer and in the film. It’s absolutely amazing. I had my ideas based on the trailer and this film keeps you guessing until the very end.
Nebula has come such a long way since being aggressively evil and menacing villain in the first film. She is now very complex and likable. And Drax and Mantis, great together as always, have some surprising character developments by the end of the film.
I don’t want to say how this movie ends, except to say that it earns it. Very few movies earn their endings but this one does. The movie works best if you have seen Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2, Avengers : Infinity War & Endgame and the Guardians Holiday Special. However, it is still a great film that anyone can enjoy even if they haven’t seen any of those films. This is one of the rare movies in recent years that actually cares about storytelling and entertainment value, things that most modern films haven’t been concerned with lately.
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