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Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

I find that I like Marvel movies better if I go into them knowing as little as possible. So, I went into James Gunn’s final bow in the Marvel IP having only seen the trailer once. Otherwise, I knew very little.

The final Guardians film finds the ragtag band of heroes living at Knowhere. When Rocket falls ill and Adam Warlock (Will Poulter) tries to take him away, Gamora, Peter Quill, Drax, Nebula, and Mantis go on a rescue mission that takes them into the path of the actual villain, High Evolutionary.

I won’t give away much of the plot since it deserves to be witnessed in person, but I will say that this is top tier Marvel. The best of the trilogy. If the first was about Quill’s mother, and the second about his father, then this was Peter Quill’s struggle with himself. Many of the characters are struggling with what to do next, and the plot gives each of them new purpose by the end.

In reality, though, this is Rocket’s movie. You get his tragic backstory and how awful High Evolutionary is really blinded by his own vision. He cares not for the creatures he creates, but only for is own endgame. For me, his is far scarier and worse than Thanos.

James Gunn does what his does best. A great soundtrack highlighting character development and special effects on top of special effects. Humor accentuates serious moments, but doesn’t detract from it. You can see in every scene that this group of people really love working with each other.

Worth seeing, this one. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll clap at the end. Many in my theater did.

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