The farewell for the misfits of the MCU. This doesn’t just seem like an end of an era for the Guardians but also for the MCU. They are losing much of their heart and soul, and this is the best MCU movie since Infinity War.
Still reeling from the loss of Gamora, Peter Quill rallies his team to defend the universe and one of their own – a mission that could mean the end of the Guardians if not successful.
It feels like forever since we’ve gotten a strong outing from the MCU. Sure, some of the newest movies have pleased fans and made some money at the box office. But for the most part, it felt like a ton of fluff and filler. One thing leads to the next and a ton of world-building. James Gunn cares so much about these characters and I feel like that is what separates these movies. They just don’t feel like another entry into the MCU, where it’s just copied and pasted with no emotion, heart and actual storytelling. Gunn came out swinging, delivering his strongest film in the MCU yet, with an emotional rollercoaster that has some of the best action in the entire MCU. The Guardians are by far the best group of heroes in the MCU and I know they will be truly missed.
All the way back in 2014 it was crazy to think that these crazy and mostly unknown characters would be one of the biggest building blocks of the MCU. Providing us with the best trilogy yet and making these people some of the most beloved characters in all of comic book movies. What makes them so great, is the cast. James Gunn nailed every single casting decision. Chris Pratt, Dave Batista, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Pom Klemmentieff and Vin Diseal are so perfect. Each provides a memorable performance, diving so deep into their character and making you feel like they also care so much about these roles. This movie is all about Rocket Raccoon, and man does Bradley Cooper bring it. It’s such a powerful voice-acting performance, you just get all the feels from it. Pratt is so terrific as Quill, his best time out. Nebula has had without a doubt one of the best character arcs in the MCU, she’s evolved so much and she’s become arguably the most likeable Guardian. Drax and Mantis again have a beautiful friendship, with Pom stealing the entire movie for me. James Gunn had a tall task dealing with the fallout of Gamora’s arc from Infinity War and Endgame. I think he handled it well for the most part considering he had no decision on what happened with his characters in those two movies.
Having Rocket being the focal point of the film works so well, it’s his story and he’s always been the guy. Not Quill, these movies have been secretly about Rocket this entire time and this was a tremendous way to end it. Every great story and hero needs that antagonist and in comes The High Evolutionary. Chukwudi Iwuji is just a straight-up piece of shit. No way around it. He’s turned himself into a top-tier MCU villain and gives one heck of a performance. A chilling and manic villain who doesn’t really want world domination, he’s just pure evil and it helped this movie reach that excellent stratosphere.
There’s one action sequence that has the fans talking. It’s one of the best action sequences we’ve gotten so far in a comic book movie. Showcasing teamwork, music and just how far James Gunn has come as a director. Mix that in with stunning visuals, the most prosthetics ever used in a movie, an amazing soundtrack and without a doubt some of the most emotional, gut-punching scenes in the MCU. It’s a recipe for success. Plain and simple, it’s hard for me to find any real faults in this movie. I wish this was how every MCU movie was treated, with care and respect.
I’ll miss all these people because it’s time for them to go their separate ways.
GOTG 3 = 90/100