Maki Zenin’s review published on Letterboxd:
The sky is beautiful and it is forever. 🥺🥲
Ill be brief because writing reviews for films I just got out of the cinema for are a little more difficult than ones I do at home. I need to rewatch this and trust and believe I will, it is so far my favorite film of the year and I wish I could give you all a proper review but you’ll get it on my second watch.
I will say the emotional core at the center of this film is one so potent that if you don’t shed a tear I won’t believe you’re human. Maybe it’s because I own two rabbits that I love w all my heart and Rockets flashback sequences hurt my soul. There was a stinging pang that wouldn’t let up and I just couldn’t keep my emotions in check.
I sobbed for these fictional creatures, I was reminded of the reality that we do this to our beautiful fauna everyday. Just because they don’t have a voice doesn’t mean they don’t carry a soul and this film drove that home like a mf. I was in a state of awe and despair. Animals or any creature for that matter being hurt is one way to devastate me.
I don’t want to break the impact of all of this so I’ll leave at that and move on to the action which was my god, immaculately choreographed and conceived. There’s a crowd pleasing moment that highlights every guardian kicking ass and it is absolutely glorious. I could watch that set piece on a loop!
The villain in this film is definitely someone you want to spit on with no redeemable qualities and I must say it was smart to have him be so callous and the inclusion of Adam Warlock played with genuine curiosity and a fun attitude by Poulter actually worked and I can’t believe I’m saying this but oof is he sexy.
Idk y’all this was just it for me, it’s a grand send off for this fabulously conceived group of ragtag heroes with just as many quirks and nuances as normal humans. They don’t play that self righteous card, it’s all about the gang. I lived.
Thank you James Gunn.
🔜 Dungeons & Dragons (2023)
One quick side, the flashback scenes reminded me of when Woody first meets the deformed toys made by Sid in Toy Story (1995). There’s a fear that quickly becomes love and it made the film so heavy for me. The rabbit reminded me of the doll on spider legs. Why this stuck out to me and made me bawl is something to take in account for when reviewing a film. Emotions such as the one I felt are very hard for films to illicit from a soul. I’m so mad I have rabbits lol, love you Sophie and Ludo. I’ll protect you always. 🐇