Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ★★★½

I adore how weird this is, and there’s a long take to No Sleep till Brooklyn that’s one of my favorite things I’ve seen this year. It wraps up everyone’s story in a really satisfying way, and is as visually interesting as these things get. I think the Gunn shtick has lost a bit of its novelty though, like everything he does here we’ve seen in the other movies in a different font (save for Rocket’s backstory which I thought was mostly compelling), but even if it hadn’t, I was often distracted by inconsistent tone/pacing and scenes that felt like ~break for character moment~. Some of it fell into being the kind of messy comicbook movie noise we’ve come to expect from these, which makes me think it also could’ve been 15-20 minutes shorter. 

I hate that it feels like some big deal that I had issues with it because the hype is so strong - I had a good time and am glad these characters got the swan song they deserved. I really enjoyed Chukwudi Iwuji as the High Evolutionary as well. I guess it all makes me simultaneously excited and wary for Gunn’s DC, specifically Superman. Is he a one trick pony? At least we know that trick is a pretty good one.

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