Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 spoiler free review

Published: 06th May 2023, by Andrew Radbourne.

My The Guardians of the Galaxy vol 3 spoiler free review

Greetings everyone,

As an ardent follower of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), my latest plunge was into the world of Guardians of the Galaxy 3. So here are my somewhat confused spoiler-free thoughts:

Starting on a positive note, I found the movie enjoyable, despite some significant issues. The prowess of the cast was spectacular as ever, radiating sheer charisma and great CGI for a change, contributing to an appealing visual experience much finer than recent MCU ventures.

The poster for the Guardians of the Galaxy volume 3 featuring peter quill starlord gamora nebula drax the destroyer groot rocket cosmo craglan and mantis
The poster for the 3rd instalment of Guardians of the Galaxy
The drawbacks, however, were hard to ignore. The tone was scattered, and for a good portion of the runtime, it felt surprisingly detached from the quintessential Guardians of the Galaxy vibe, especially the first half. The movie tilted towards a more gritty, joyless, and grim aspect at times. The villain, whilst well acted, is depicted as a furious, shouting psychopath, which seemed a little out of place, making the narrative appear angsty, disjointed, and novel in a not-so-pleasant way.

The obstreperous anger levels unnecessary profanity and unnecessary harshness, unfortunately, worked towards straining the movie's overall tone. Music usually plays a crucial role in the series, but this wasn't the case in this instalment. The soundtrack was jarringly out of tune with the narrative, adding to the list of drawbacks.

On a brighter note, the second half of the film treads the path of its predecessors, leaving you with feelings of nostalgia. The narrative unfolds with instances of genuine emotions, heroics, and nicely timed humour. These laudable traits, however, seem sporadic. As a quick aside, happily, the character of Drax was far more akin to his character from the inaugural volume instead of the vol 2's mere comedic construct.

The movie, though emotionally moving and enjoyable, remains somewhat confusing. While I'd like to revisit it, something I cant say about most of phase 4, it certainly isn't my favourite of the trilogy. The MCU sorely needs a smash hit, and it's disheartening to see Guardians of the Galaxy 3, despite its appeal, fail to meet the standards its predecessors set.

Thanks for reading/viewing my musings and Peace Out.
I'm giving this a score of 7
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