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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3 Is A Heartfelt And Fun Send-Off For Fans [Review]

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3 Is A Heartfelt And Fun Send-Off For Fans [Review]

The third and final Guardians of the Galaxy movie is a grand send-off and also sets a new dawn for the gang.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy entered our lives with a bang way back in 2014. The films reintroduced classic songs to the new audience, who fell in love with the scrappy gang of space guardians.

Fans have seen how the gang got together, experienced grand losses and went on many space adventures as a team. At times, they also help the other superheroes to save the world.

It only makes sense that the OG gang bows out with a grand final instalment too.

In the third and final Guardians of the Galaxy movie, the gang races against time to save their friend and other worlds from a mad scientist-type character called the High Evolutionary.

The film sees Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Sean Gunn reprise their titular roles.

New cast additions include Chukwudi Iwuji as the High Evolutionary, Will Poulter as Adam Warlock, and Maria Bakalova voicing Cosmo.

The rest of the cast includes Linda Cardellini voicing Lylla, Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord, Nathan Fillion as Master Karja, and Nico Santos as Recorder Theel.

(L-R): Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Dave Bautista as Drax, and Pom Klementieff as Mantis in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL.

What to expect?

Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 (GOTG3) was a fun ride from the start to the end, as always. In this last adventure with director James Gunn, the film has all the qualities and trademarks of his vision and humour.

The Marvel films have taken the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions throughout the years. Fans have watched their favourite heroes and villains suffer and triumph.

This time around in GOTG3, the audience will really feel for many of the characters. That said, the heartfelt moments weren’t cheesy despite the occasional humour in the film.

From the trailers, we know that we’ll learn about Rocket’s painful past and understand why he refused to discuss it with his friends.

Most fans will also be able to relate to Star Lord’s pain of missing Gamora since all of us watched their relationship grow and change from the beginning.

In one of the early scenes of the film, the audience sees how the gang is holding up their own way after losing Gamora.

(L-R): Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.

Despite all they’ve been put through, the crew stuck together and worked to rebuild their new home base on Knowhere.

In essence, the story showed that a strong found family unit has the flexibility to grow and evolve without shame or guilt.

In a way, it’s like telling the audience it’s ok to close this chapter and welcome the new start. The story helps prepare fans to move on and come to terms that things have changed with the gang.

Looking back, GOTG3 is also a farewell film for the audience since Gunn is leaving the Marvel Studios after this. It’s a fun and contained story as it wasn’t preoccupied with linking to another Marvel film or series.

(L-R): Will Poulter as Adam Warlock and Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Photo by Jessica Miglio. © 2023 MARVEL.

Are there any downsides?

It’s understandable that the focus was on the OG gang. However, it still feels like a few characters like Kraglin, Cosmo, and especially Adam Warlock felt underused.

Then again, we’re likely to see these characters again in other Marvel movies so it’s not such a bad thing.

Skip or watch?

Of course, watch lah. It’s the finale from James Gunn before he heads DC Studios for real. Remember to pack some tissues with you.

Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 is showing in cinemas from 4 May onwards.

If you miss the gang after leaving the cinema, there’s a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 display inspired by the franchise outside Starhill Gallery from 14 April until 14 May 2023.

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