Flash Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3
ALL I COULD DO WAS STARE at my dinner plate while everyone around me was yelling at each other. I was a dinner guest at a friend’s house, and I was familiar with the family’s outspokenness. What started out as a pleasant meal turned into a screaming match all because some of the family members started talking about politics. This is something I always avoid in mixed company for these exact reasons. I was enjoying the food and wanted to continue to eat during the arguments, but it felt weird to do so for some reason. The combatants were at the stage of their argument where they were calling each other names. Other family members were taking sides to defend their relative; it was either going to be a short evening or tension filled long night. By the time the arguing died down, with people storming out of the room then coming back in, the food was cold. It did not stop anyone from eating since we were all starving. When dessert finally came out, the conversation had shifted to a lighter mood as members talked about their children and/or trips they were planning. The rest of the evening was filled with jokes, laughter and teasing; you would never have known, only a couple of hours earlier, that family members were close to fisticuffs. I chalked it up to believing this was the way relatives related and expressed themselves to each other in this family. SEVERAL WEEKS LATER, I WAS OUT with a group of friends for dinner and a play. Seated around the table, I looked at them with the thought of how many years we had known each other. When one friend had a medical issue that required hospitalization, each friend found time to visit them in the hospital; some even snuck in food treats that were okay for them to eat. All the friends attended the funeral of a friend when their parents had passed away. Over our meal at the restaurant, we touched on a variety of topics, from the personal to absurd. There was laughter, comfort, advice and joy throughout our meal and into the evening. Each of us were so close to one another that it dawned on me, we were a family in many ways. Except for not sharing the same bloodline, we were no different than any other family. We would do anything for each other and knowing that was a comfort. Except for their superpowers, I can totally see similarities between what I have and what the main characters have in this action, adventure comedy. WHEN ONE OF THE GUARDIANS WAS fatally injured, the others would need to come together to find a way to save him while they were trying to save the universe. With Chris Pratt (The Tomorrow War, The Kid) as Peter Quill, Chukwudi Iwuji (John Wick: Chapter 2, The Split-TV) as The High Evolutionary, Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born, Nightmare Alley) voicing Rocket, Pom Klementieff (Oldboy, Uncut Gems) as Mantis and Dave Bautista (Knock at the Cabin, Glass Onion) as Drax; this sequel was jam packed with story lines and action. It was a little too much for me. I was touched by the personal story lines, but with so much going on, I felt some intensity and emotional connection was sacrificed. At times, it seemed as if part of the story was a retelling of the Wolverine origin story line. On the plus side, the soundtrack and the splashes of humor were great and added more punch to the fight scenes which were well choregraphed. I appreciated the emphasis on family and thought the writers correctly steered the script through to its conclusion. There were 2 extra scenes during the ending credits.
Posted on May 10, 2023, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged 3 stars, action, adventure, bradley cooper, chris pratt, chukwudi iwuji, comedy, dave bautista, drama, pom klementieff, science fiction, universe. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.
Adam, Ellie and I liked it but like Ellie said…there were 3 times we thought it could have ended…a little too long!
At 2 1/2 hours, you better believe it was extra long. Thanks for the comments.
I completely agree with your assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of this movie. I thought the more emotional storylines were very well-handled and engaging, the action set-pieces were beautifully choreographed and filmed, and I felt the benefit of it having been filmed on real sets, but it was bloated to the point of feeling overlong and some of the storylines probably could have been omitted in order to strengthen the focal narratives and characters. I do think they did a better job of rounding off the trilogy than I had anticipated.
Thank you for your take on this sequel. i too was surprised by the ending.
I’ve never read a review that started with a family argument. And I’ve always loved the word ‘fisticuffs’ – we don’t use it here in the US – such a shame.
Thank you for the comments, Peggy. I try to make my reviews different, so thank you. And, I live in the US; I did not know fisticuffs was not used here.
Well they are very different and that can be a good thing at times for sure. Sometimes I struggle, as with this, to understand the correlation as I’m reading – but you usually clear it up. I live in the US as well – have grown up as a child in the Netherlands & travled extensively throughout Europe – I can attest it is a very English word. I’ve never heard it used in the States till here. And I liked it is the point.. 🙂
Well I learned something new about the word and I am touched this site was the first time you are hearing it in the states. Thank you again.
okay as noted..not the first..just a word we don’t use enough here. It’s a fun word.