Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ★★★

Absolute fever dream. I mean, it pairs some absolutely disgusting costumes & animation with a genuinely compelling backstory for Rocket and a straight up genocidal supervillain. Only about 1/3 of the jokes land but that’s because there were a lot of them made, so it does still have a good number of good jokes. The relationship drama is kinda terrible but it’s for the sake of trying to be funny so I’ll give that a pass. The action is predictable at times but there’s also some straight up d&d-tier shenanigans to get the guardians out of some tighter situations that I had to appreciate. If you think about it too hard there’s a lot of parts that don’t make any sense, even inside the magical logic of this universe. To be real, this movie is mostly an abomination, really. There’s probably 2 parts bad to 1 part good. But there’s some wild chaotic beauty to the whole thing that started getting me with the program as it went on. It’s a trainwreck and it has some childhood nightmare-fuel for the next generation, but that’s why I strangely ended up enjoying it by the end.

Oh and those needle drops were even more chaotic this time than usual but they put The Replacements’ “I Will Dare” on as the credits drop, which also made me really happy for that. Fucking love that song. Also lol at the Adrian Belew namedrop - who let the proghead into the script room?

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