GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 – A Review by Cynthia Flores

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. © 2023 MARVEL.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 – A Review by Cynthia Flores

Marvel Studios has done it again. When I went to see the screening for this film, I wasn’t expecting much because once you start a franchise, you gotta expect a few that don’t have the same sizzle and spark as the original. However, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 has no problems bringing that magic again to the already much-loved story of this team of unlikely Heroes.

Since we were warned not to give away any spoilers of the film, I think it’s safe for me to take “word for word” the information that Marvel Studios provided in their press blast. Then I’ll strategically go over what I liked and didn’t like about the film. How does that sound for a plan?

In Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” our beloved band of misfits are settling into life on Knowhere. But it isn’t long before their lives are upended by the echoes of Rocket’s turbulent past. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him on a dangerous mission to save Rocket’s life—a mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.

The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Sean Gunn, Chukwudi Iwuji, Will Poulter and Maria Bakalova.

Much credit for this film and the franchise’s success has to go to the writer and director of every GOTG film so far. I am talking about James Gunn. His imaginative storytelling talents really shine through on this one. We get a dark origin story of one of the main characters that is simply heartbreaking.

Of course, at its core, this film is still a kick-ass action film with a killer soundtrack, even though there are a few times when the story drags just a bit between the action sequences. Such as when Peter Quill says for the millionth time some version of, “We’re doing this to save our friend.” Other than that repetitiveness and his heartbreak over losing Gamora, the whole cast managed to keep their characters fresh and grounded in the reality of where they exist. And lucky us, we get to come along for the ride.

I give Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 a resounding 4.5 stars. It’s a terrific addition to the GOTG Marvel cannon. It’s best seen for the first time in IMAX theaters. And you don’t have to wear those ugly glasses for this one.

 

Directed by: James Gunn

Written by: James Gunn

Rated: PG-13

Selig Rating: 4.5 Stars

Running Time: 2h 29min

Adventure/Sci-fi

Wide Release: In theaters May 5th

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Will Poulter, Sean Gunn, Chukwudi Iwuji, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper

Website: www.marvel.com

 

The Selig Rating Scale:

5 Stars – Excellent movie/show, well worth the time and price.

4 Stars – Good movie/show

3 Stars – OK movie/show

2 Stars – Well, there was nothing else…

1 Star – Total waste of time.

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