Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 7/10

Still a different type of Marvel movie

Decent but least favorite of the three

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Guardians of the Galaxy

Studio:  Marvel Studios/Film New Zealand/Marvel Entertainment

Genre(s):  Comic Book/Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Release Date(s):  April 22, 2023 (Premiere)/May 3, 2023 (UK)/May 5, 2023 (US)

MPAA Rating:  PG-13

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The Saga of Rocket Raccoon

Rocket (Bradley Cooper) is attacked by a strange man calling himself Adam Warlock (Will Poulter) on Knowhere, and the Guardians find themselves in a race-against-time to save Rocket before it is too late.  Rocket’s past is revealed with the High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji) trying to capture him, and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) finds himself and the Guardians teamed with an uncooperative revived Gamora (Zoe Saldana) who has no memory of their past.  The High Evolutionary has plans for the universe, and the Guardians are in his way.

Written and directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is a Marvel Comics MCU film.  Following Ant-Man and Wasp:  Quantumania in 2023, the film is the 32nd entry in the MCU series and part of Phase Five of the Multiverse Saga.  The story follows the Disney+ Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special in 2022, the film received mixed to positive reviews and had a strong box office.

Ant-Man and Wasp:  Quantumania was the first MCU movie I didn’t see in the theater.  I do feel that comic book fatigue is real, but I try to remind myself how much I wanted comic book movies growing up.  While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 isn’t bad, it is my least favorite of the Guardians movies.

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High Evolutionary is more interesting than Kang…prove me wrong

The plot is virtually stand-alone.  It is beneficial to see the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special since it establishes Mantis and Star-Lord’s relationship and of course, Avengers:  Infinity War and Avengers:  Endgame important, but they also recap a lot of the events.  The only problem is that a lot of the jokes seem like rehash instead of throwbacks.  The jokes don’t always land as strongly as they did in previous entries…it is a fun series, but it is time to retire it (or revamp it).

The cast works well together.  Chris Pratt continues to be one of the more identifiable leads of the Marvel movies since he is the “everyman” unlike a Tony Stark or even a Steve Rogers.  The nice dynamic between Pratt and Saldana is shattered and Gamora is back to being “the most dangerous woman in the universe”.  Dave Bautista’s Drax jokes are getting a bit stale, but it is a good showcase for Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon.  Will Poulter’s Warlock isn’t necessarily like his comic version, but he also is “developing”.  I do like Chukwudi Iwuji as the High Evolutionary who doesn’t just feel like a rehash of Thanos or another version of some other Guardian.

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Is Adam Warlock the future of the franchise?

The visuals of the movie are all over the place.  The film goes for a candy-colored pallet that means it already takes a surreal look.  Sometimes these visuals look great without looking cheap, but other times, they look poor instead of intentionally looking this way.  The movie is a bit of mixed bag (it also continues the trend of fusing the story with music, but it too feels more obligatory than incorporated).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 isn’t a perfect movie, but it still is fun.  It tries a bit too hard to pull at your heartstrings, and it doesn’t do enough to really show a clear path forward for the MCU (though it does offer a lot of options).  The tone of the Guardians movies work better than some of the Marvel movies, but even this feels a bit overdone in this entry…which makes it feel that it needs to be retired a bit.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is followed by The Marvels in 2023.

Related Links:

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022)

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
Follow me on Twitter/Instagram/Letterboxd @JPRoscoe76! Loves all things pop-culture especially if it has a bit of a counter-culture twist. Plays video games (basically from the start when a neighbor brought home an Atari 2600), comic loving (for almost 30 years), and a true critic of movies. Enjoys the art house but also isn't afraid to let in one or two popular movies at the same time.

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