Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Movie Review

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Nathaniel Thomas, Student Journalist

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is the third installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. It has definitely been a long-awaited film, as the movies were a big hit. Even though Marvel movies have been hit-or-miss in the past few years, this movie was worth the wait. It is an amazing conclusion to the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy with compelling characters, touching moments, and a lot of comedy, which is likely expected from the Guardians of the Galaxy films. Overall I would highly recommend this movie to fans of Marvel and especially fans of the Guardians.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 centers around Drax, Groot, Peter Quill, and Nebula having to save their friend Rocket after he was attacked by Adam Warlock (who appeared in the end credits of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2). They attempt to heal Rocket, but can’t due to a killswitch put in him by his creator and the villain of the movie, the High Evolutionary. This forces them to infiltrate the High Evolutionary’s company, Orgocorp to find an override code. To do this, they get help from the Ravagers and 2014 Gamora, who joined the group. 

 

While this is going on, we see Rocket’s backstory. We see how he was created by the High Evolutionary and how he shows his intellect. The audience gets to see his friendship with other creations of the High Evolutionary. We also see the terrible abuse the High Evolutionary puts him through, which is tragic to witness.

 

Throughout the movie more about the High Evolutionary is revealed. We learn that the High Evolutionary sent Adam to get Rocket so Orgpcorp could use the intellect in Rocket’s brain to create a successful species. This leads to the High Evolutionary’s motive, which is to create a flawless world. This might seem noble, but his determination leads to him doing anything to reach his goal, including hurting, abusing, and killing the people who cross him, even his creations.

 

 

After escaping Orgocorp, the Guardians realize they have to find one of the High Evolutionary’s assistants. This leads to them having to confront the High Evolutionary and his power over gravity. Eventually, the Guardians learn about the violent and psychotic tendencies of the High Evolutionary and realize they will have to step in to save the High Evolutionary’s creations.

 

This has definitely been the best Marvel move in a while. One of my favorite aspects is the characters, specifically four characters that I really enjoyed. The first two are Gammora and Peter Quill, who have a really interesting dynamic. This is because Gammora is not the same person from the previous Guardians of the Galaxy films, she is a past version of her who came to the future. This makes it really interesting to see Quill and Gammora interact, as Quill longs for the relationship they once had while Gammora avoids it and acknowledges that she is not the same as the Gammora from the previous films. This makes their interactions interesting to watch and it’s heartbreaking seeing Quill chase what he lost.

 

The next two characters are Rocket Racoon and the High Evolutionary. Seeing how Rocket was created and abused really allows us to learn more about his personality and motives. It is also really interesting to see his interactions with the High Evolutionary and his other creations. I think this movie did a lot for Rocket’s character and allows us to learn more about him. The High Evolutionary is also a really interesting character. Even though he is not as compelling or sympathetic as other Marvel villains like Thanos, his sociopathic character is still interesting to watch. He’s a villain that is easy to hate, which makes the Guardians even more admirable. The High Evolutionary is also a really interesting character in how he projects his insecurities on others. He always finds imperfections in his creations, which forces him into a never ending, murderous journey to perfection. Overall, the High Evolutionary is a really interesting villain that improves this movie.

 

 

Another aspect I love is the comedy in this movie. There are a lot of funny jokes that made me laugh. Guardians of the Galaxy movies have always had a lot of comedy, so it is not surprising that this movie would follow that trend. This comedy has also spread to other Marvel movies, and while some have incorporated it successfully, in other cases the comedy has taken away from the action and emotional moments. However, this is not a problem in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. I believe this movie does a great job of balancing the comedy with the other elements of the movie, like the action. Speaking of the action, there are amazing action sequences. There are scenes with large set pieces and amazing shots. One of my favorite fight scenes was a hallway fight in slow motion.

 

One of my criticisms of the movie is of the characters Adam Warlock and Drax. Adam Warlock had a lot of potential, but he barely shows up in the movie. Though I like his character, it is very irritating to see him knocked out every time he shows up. If he appeared more, I think the movie would improve. Drax has a very interesting character in the movie, but I feel like they could have improved him. Even though they reference Drax’s tragic past, it is barely brought up and I feel like they could have mentioned it more. I also wish Drax was more serious and acted less stupid. Despite this criticism, I still really enjoyed these characters.

 

Overall this movie is amazing. It has interesting characters, cool action, great comedy, and emotional moments. Even though I have a few problems with the movie, I still think it is great. I would personally rate this movie a 9.3 out of 10.