Obviously, I was very excited about this movie, given I love superhero movies and Marvel in particular. And Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 was such an emotional rollercoaster, I was really looking forward to something similar with this third movie.
I did really enjoy this movie. I didn’t think it was quite as good as the second one. I did think it stretched my suspension of disbelief a little far, even considering the sort of fantastical themes so prevalent in superhero movies. For instance, Nebula just able to pop broken limbs into place as if she was fixing a dent. Those scenes were very hard to take seriously.
I also have to be honest and say I really wasn’t keen on Gamora in this movie. And don’t get me wrong; it’s not because I ship her and Peter together. I would have much preferred romance not to be shoehorned into the movie…but I liked the version of Gamora who didn’t hesitate to hug her sister and who gave up the location of the soul stone just to save Nebula from further suffering. Past Gamora had more morals than the one in this movie and it’s a real shame that development wasn’t in the version of Gamora in this movie.
I really liked learning more about Rocket and a huge amount of this movie really tugged at my heartstrings. The first time I saw this, one of the scenes made me tear up and a second one made me bawl outright…and then the second time I watched the movie, I full on cried at both scenes (because I knew what was coming!)
I would have liked to see more character development of both Mantis and Drax. Their personalities are different to the rest of the Guardians, but I felt that those differences were only played for comedy, instead of letting them grow in their own right. I was especially disappointed not to see more of Mantis and Quill’s relationship, after learning Mantis is Quill’s sister.
I did like seeing Kraglin and it was really good to see his character go through something of an arc. Honestly, it was refreshing to see someone trying and failing to do something right. I also found Adam Warlock to be an interesting character…although his accent did make it hard to take him seriously.
All in all, I did enjoy this movie. It was a lot of fun and worth watching, even if only to learn more about Rocket’s history…although it didn’t show anything of Rocket’s first meeting with Groot, which would have been nice to see. I can’t say this movie is perfect, but in my humble opinion, it’s a worthy addition to the MCU and definitely worth watching if you’re a fan.