Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Review

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Review

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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.

Why did I come to this movie again?

Because it’s the Guardians of the Galaxy! I’ve really enjoyed this set of characters and was excited to see the last installment in their story. Also, I expected to laugh and cry. Both of those things happened.

5 of 5


It’s difficult to juggle a cast of characters this big, but I thought the film did a good job. I appreciated that each of the characters is at a different spot in their arc. Quill is still reeling from the loss of Gamora and continues to act like a bratty kid (which isn’t unexpected), but in the end he makes a choice that will change him.

Nebula has already matured and is basically running things. A far cry from the cyborg killing machine from the first films.

I loved what Mantis said about Drax. Yes, he struggles with social situations and makes some dumb choices in battle, but he truly likes himself, and in the end Nebula sees his worth as something other than a warrior.

Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that I was both drawn to and repulsed by Rocket’s childhood friends. Creepy? Yes. Did I cry about them? Also yes.

5 of 5

Did I care what happened?


I cared what happened to Rocket, his friends, Quill’s feelings for Gamora, Nebula’s draw to help others, Mantis’ adoration of Drax (who is clueless), the poor creatures on the fake Earth, Groot, and even grumpy Gamora.

5 of 5

Plot Holes

This is a superhero film, of course there are plot holes. I’m going to poke at a couple of little things and ignore the rest.

How many times can Peter be exposed to the open vacuum of space and survive?

Why has no one tried to stop the High Evolutionary before? He’s clearly playing god, which isn’t good.

If the High Evolutionary can make entire species from scratch, then why hasn’t he fixed his face?

A few little things like that threw me out of the story.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

Not once. The hubby stayed awake the whole time too.

This film goes from 1 to 100 in the first five minutes and doesn’t stop after that. Sure, we get some moments to breathe, but in general, this one is intense.

5 of 5

Cool Factor

Effects were great.

One of the strengths of the Guardian’s films is that they have an almost perfect balance between funny and serious. This one did not disappoint. I chuckled plenty of times. The hubby is still laughing about the good dog joke.

The one thing I didn’t like was that they just put Nathan Fillion in a suit. He looked like he walked straight from the set of The Rookie over to Guardians. Why didn’t they do something interesting to him? Skin color, funny hair, a hat? He actually brought me out of the story a bit, which was sad. Not enough for me to say he didn’t do a good job, but I wanted more.

5 of 5

The End

I liked the resolution to the characters and plot. I didn’t feel like I’d been left hanging.

I liked the very end. It felt reminiscent to when the new generation of Avengers took over.

5 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I haven’t liked a Marvel movie this much since Infinity Wars. This movie sucked me in and kept my attention. I laughed. I cried. I was rooting for the team. James Gunn gets all the gold stars for this one.

5 of 5

Total: 39

That’s a Black Belt!

White Belt: 1-10
Yellow Belt: 11-19
Purple Belt: 20-25
Green Belt: 26-30
Brown Belt: 31-35
Black Belt: 36-40

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