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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Review

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What makes a good trilogy? Or rather, what makes a good trilogy memorable? It takes a lot to make a trilogy good but nowadays with almost every modern blockbuster taking place in its own cinematic universe it has come increasingly difficult to stand out. MCU movies are almost famous for blending together and forgetting what event happens in what movie and finding it difficult to keep up. But James Gunn, with his adaptation of the obscure Space team-up comics Guardians of the Galaxy, has avoided this problem almost entirely. Coming out in 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy was a beloved commercial success, almost single handily launching Chris Pratt into superstardom. While being part of the MCU makes you subject to appear in other movies in the universe the Guardians managed to stay apart from the wider narrative until Infinity War and Endgame and were better off for it. But now that our favourite sci-fi team are back, has James Gunn successfully managed to juggle the many character issues carried over from the large-scale team-up while also capping off the trilogy? Yes, with flying colours.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 picks up at the Guardians base where we catch up with the even larger cast of Guardians, who soon learn that Rocket is being hunted down by both Adam Warlock, a cosmic being created to hunt the Guardians after the events of the second movie, and the High Evolutionary, the sick and depraved scientist who created Rocket and is hyper-focused on creating the perfect species. Rocket Raccoon has quietly been one of the most beloved MCU characters but in Vol. 3 he takes centre stage and while probably becoming your favourite by the end, everything about him in this movie is terrific, with the most harrowing backstory ever which will make you re-evaluate every moment you had with him in these movies. Bradley Cooper brings out his best voice work here, it's amazing how much they make you care for this motion capture scene-stealing raccoon. One thing about Guardians 3 is that it is stuffed with content, finding a conclusion to the many characters, setting up two villains, a tragic backstory or two and addressing all the changes from Endgame. Speaking of Infinity War and Endgame, bringing Gamora back into these movies is perhaps done in the best way possible, turning Quil and Gamora's romance into a heartbreaking yet warm message about people falling out of love and moving on. While other MCU products as of late have dodgy editing and VFX, Guardians avoids this easily, with great visuals all around it is clear practical sets and makeup were used everywhere and it turned out great. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is the perfect send-off with the best villains and character work in the whole MCU, making the trilogy an instant rewatchable classic that is also able to be viewed without doing homework on about 3 different MCU shows beforehand. Easily the best MCU movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is a roaring triumph and one of the best Comic Book movies ever made.

Review by WackoFlipper

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