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JJfilms’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
“It really is nice to have friends”
James Gunn you’ve done it again. And dare I say…this is your best film yet?
Today I witnessed the final ride with this loveable band of mis-fits. And this was truly a perfect conclusion to their story.
I have loved the Guardians of the galaxy since I watched them on screen for the first time in theatres back when I was 8 years old. Now I’m almost 18 and I witnessed one of my favourite families final ride all together.
I’m so glad this didn’t disappoint. I never thought it would disappoint, simply because it’s James Gunn and he has yet to miss. But I’m still very pleased to be able to tell myself that this was amazing, and not a letdown.
Everyone’s performances were great as per usual. But Chunkwudi lwuji surprised me with how great he was as The High Evolutionary. And if Marvel goes through with recasting Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror, I’d love to see Chunkwudi lwuji in this role.
This was very funny, probably one of the funniest movies that we have gotten out of the mcu. But even though it was very funny, it was also very VERY sad. I believe that one of the hardest things to do in film is, being able to balance every single emotion well, and guardians of the galaxy has always done such a good job with that. But volume 3 has done it the best in my opinion.
I have always loved both Star Lord/Peter Quill, and Rocket since their introduction to this universe. And I have always been very interested in what Rockets backstory is, and the way James Gunn handled his backstory was so fantastically done. It absolutely broke my heart, but by the end I was left with so much joy for the character I love.
Every single character had a great moment for their character development, and they were all handled so well.
The ending was so beautiful. When Drax and Mantis were waving goodbye, and Rocket got up off the stairs and started dancing with Groot, and when Nebula threw her hands in the air and screamed of joy with everyone else. And when all the guardians said their final goodbyes too each other while all in that circle…It was all perfect.
I know I have cried this hard over other films before, but I genuinely don’t know if I have ever cried because of so many different emotions in a film before. I don’t know how to describe it, it was just done all so well.
That one take action scene in the hallway was incredible, and probably one of the best action scenes in the mcu.
I heard that James Gunn confirmed a theory that at the end of the film when Groot says “I love you guys”, it’s not because he actually spoke those words, it’s because as an audience we have spent enough time with the character that we finally understand his language. So we all just understood what he said. And I absolutely love this.
This also once again had another amazing soundtrack. Guardians 1 and 2 both have some of my favourite soundtracks ever, and now this too. I loved so many choices of music in this, but having “Dog days are over” play at the end was so perfect in my eyes. I loved that song already…I listened to it lots as a kid. But now idk if I will be able to listen to it without crying.
This is now my second favourite MCU movie, right behind Infinity War, and just in front of Guardians of the Galaxy volume 1.
We will see if I still feel the same way about this after a rewatch, but as of right now this is my number 2. But to be honest, for how I am currently feeling…it isn’t far off the number 1 spot. I loved every moment.
The guardians of the galaxy are by far my favourite part of the mcu, so it was hard to say goodbye to these characters. But this was such an amazing conclusion to their story. And I really could not have asked for anything more.
The DCU is in great hands, and I can’t wait to see what James Gunn will do with it.