James Gunn has done it third time for Marvel Studios. This time too it was with his beloved Guardians. This is my Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 3 review.
James Gunn nailed every element of an entertaining movie with this third chapter of The Guardians.
Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 3 Review – Plot
The opening shot of this movie tells you straightaway that the protagonist of this movie is going to be rocket. Gunn chooses Radiohead’s Creep song for the opening scene for conveying this.
This song is the cry of an outcast who feels like he doesn’t belong in the world. That is what this movie explores about Rocket Racoon. Then the camera moves around every Guardian similar to what James Gunn did in Vol 2.
But just a few minutes into the movie and you’re introduced to Adam Warlock. He makes his intentions about hurting and capturing Rocket clear. He waves the path for this movie to become interesting.
The plot then jumps into giving you Rocket’s backstory. It’s surprising that you as a Marvel Fan took everything what was fed to you verbally by the characters assumed it to be true. You never thought about what might have happened to characters in the past, especially with Guardians and that too particularly Rocket.
The first act is very strong. It’s funny, dramatic and interesting.
The second act is more for the other Guardians. Gunn didn’t want to make this movie only about Rocket. Hence, in the middle of this movie, he gives screen time to Peter Quill, Drax, Nebula and Gamora too. But this act is also important for Rocket as he comes across a moment which is life changing for him.
The third act is all about payback and is very entertaining. There’s an extended action scene in the climax of this movie which seems to be inspired from John Wick 4. It’s without any edits and the cinematography is top notch.
Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 3 steals the focus from Peter Quill and puts Rocket Racoon at the centre. In doing so, it also put an end to the current version of the Guardians. However, Quill will still return.
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Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 3. Review – Character Development
The character development for Rocket Racoon is phenomenal. Throughout the MCU he’s always funny and witty. This movie explores him in a totally different way.
By the end of this movie, Rocket becomes a mature character. In the beginning of this movie, you see him experiencing the pain and grief of his past. But towards the end, he accepts what has happened with him and is ready to face everything that is thrown at him.
His fellow Guardians also look at him with respect and are now ready to follow him as a leader.
Terrific character development for Nebula as well. She has improved quite a lot. From the beginning, she has been a rebel and causing trouble for the Guardians at times.
But in this movie, Nebula has been fantastic. From always being irritated with Guardians, her attitude towards them has changed and she has become accepting. Although, her complaining doesn’t go away at first, she overcomes this in the end.
Nebula, at the end of this movie begins to see the good in everyone. That is the most underrated moment of the entire movie.
There is no development for Peter Quill. He’s still the same Peter Quill he was after Thor: Love and Thunder. The script of this movie had nothing to offer him.
He was reeling from the loss of Gamora and accepted that he was irresponsible with the Guardians. But after that he stepped up and took the lead as what can be expected from him.
Quill wasn’t the focus of this movie but his character is justified in Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 3. It’ll be interesting to see what the future hold for him.
Drax has been a supporting character from the beginning and in this movie he continues this legacy. Towards the end of this movie, Drax develops himself as a caretaker of children.
Maybe because of the chaos that was previously involved in the MCU, his fatherly side was never revealed.
Throughout the movie, he’s funny and on many occasions steals the focus from both Rocket and Peter Quill. There’s no doubt that the Guardians would be incomplete without him.
Note that this is the son of the Original Groot who sacrificed himself. From being re-born as a cute Baby Groot in Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2, to an annoying Teenage Groot in Avengers: Infinity War to finally Adult Groot in this movie, his journey has been incredible.
That is the character development for Groot. His mature, understanding and compassionate. Groot went against Adam Warlock and was even to glide in air which is fabulous.
Groot has also been a supporting character from the beginning of this franchise but has always been an important part of the Guardians family.
There isn’t any development for Mantis. She’s still the same Mantis she was in Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 and Avengers: Infinity War.
She uses her powers very well in this movie and is entertaining throughout the movie.
The High Evolutionary
Of course, you cannot expect character development for a villain especially if this was his only movie. The High Evolutionary is terrific for the most part. Towards the end of this movie you do feel hatred towards him.
He feels everyone else is inferior. But this also tends him to develop an impulsive nature. Hence, although being a good villain, he doesn’t serve his purpose.
The script could have used him in a better way instead he gets defeated easily in the climax.
Overall, this movie is entertaining but its purpose is to end the journey that James Gunn started with Guardians.
It doesn’t contribute anything towards the recent Kang crisis that other Marvel characters have to deal.