Deathy’s review published on Letterboxd:
Score : 9.6/10 ✅
Emotionally arresting, irresistibly funny, and richly entertaining; Marvel is back and it’s back with a vengeance. Enough charm, energy, and gripping moments to make you leave the theater with the remarkable realization that it was a flawless send-off to the Guardians.
James Gunn never ceases to amaze me. The guy understands perfectly what a film needs to have to make its audience care about anything and everyone. Impeccable writing is the answer; but also, a devotion to give every character their time to shine. James Gunn is loyal to the Guardians as they are loyal to us. The ultimate reminder of how friendship shapes up.
My favorite villain since Thanos and I’m even counting Kang into my calculation. Chukwudi Iwuji as The High Evolutionary is exactly what the film needed. First of all, the acting is phenomenal. On top of that, it helps very much to have a heinous, vile, calculated, and dishonorable character that doesn’t have any compassion for others. It makes me physically hate (in a good way) that character since the flashback are so well constructed to give us an insight into how Rocket was abused in all its forms.
On a side note, it’s clever how the film wants its audience to be treated as part of the family. The ending makes it very clear. Sadly emblematic of how we are letting behind another part of the ‘good old MCU’ to embrace newcomers.
I’ll classify Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 as a tremendous triumph.