Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ★★★★

The disconnect between the seamless character progression of the first two films and all the events that occurred during the Infinity films sticks out like a sore thumb for the finale of James Gunn's beloved Marvel franchise for sure. Seeing the mad scramble to salvage some massive character dynamic shifts just further reminds me that the last Guardians movie took place over 5 years ago. But Volume 3 takes the brunt of those missteps with grace and charm, further emphasizing why the Guardians have become synonymous with the often misused and rarely perfected term "unlikely heroes". Substituting an end of the universe plot with a good old fashioned rescue mission, Guardians 3 highlights the ever-changing, yet consistently heartfelt banter of the galactic misfits and the darker tone makes way for MCU-best work from Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper. In some ways meaner than the previous entries, yet it maintains that childlike hope that has made the Guardians the heart and soul of the MCU and I sure as heck am gonna miss them if James Gunn is truly finished with his contributions to the universe. If he really is, he and the Guardians went out on a hilarious and amazingly directed high.

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