Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 review: The perfect swan song

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has finally hit the big screen after several delays. After director James Gunn was fired for offensive tweets then re-hired, this took a toll on the production. All that aside, fans were delighted to be able to experience the threequel at last.  

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Knowhere is attacked by Adam Warlock (Will Poulter) in an attempt to retrieve Rocket (Bradley Cooper). The team must embark on a time-sensitive mission to save Rocket’s life. The story unfolds and we discover more about Rocket’s backstory, as well as the new threat to the galaxy, The High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji).  

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Gunn pulls out all the stops as the film is cram-packed with epic battle scenes, hilarious exchanges, and heart-warming moments. Amazingly, the first use of the F-bomb in a Marvel movie appears in this film in a perfectly timed scene between Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Nebula (Karen Gillan).  

The spectacular graphics really immersed you in this movie, leaving you speechless as the Guardians traverse their latest adventure. Signature to the Guardians of the Galaxy series, the soundtrack in this instalment did not disappoint. Quill has upgraded from his Walkman to an iPod and keeps the nostalgic hits flowing throughout the movie.  

Pratt’s performance shows how much his character has evolved. Once a childish thief to protector of the galaxy and his found family. After mourning the loss of Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in Avengers: Infinity War only to have her come back as an alternate-timeline version of herself, Quill struggles to accept that this is not the Gamora he fell in love with. This theme continues throughout the film until the conclusion. The Guardians realise instead of saving the universe, they must focus on saving themselves.  

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In a bittersweet final moment, we see the Guardians go their separate ways to focus on themselves. However, Quill leaves rocket as captain of the Guardians, leaving room open for a reboot. After almost a decade of knowing these characters, it was a painful scene to watch. Even Groot (Vin Diesel) shared the sentiment of love with his first words other than “I am Groot”. The end didn’t give us as much emotional closure as many had hoped. However, it does give us hope for the characters that they are moving on to find their own happiness in the galaxy.  

Gunn perfected this final chapter; it truly was the Swan Song to the special slice of galaxy he has carved from the Marvel Universe.  

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is out now, you can get tickets here.

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