Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 IMAX Review: An Emotional Farewell

May 6, 2023

It’s emotional, it’s charming, it’s fun and it looks amazing on the big screen. Here’s our Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 IMAX review.

Still reeling from the loss of Gamora, Peter Quill must rally his team to defend the universe and protect one of their own. If the mission is not completely successful, it could possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the last remaining franchise within the Marvel universe that I can now officially tolerate. The CGI smorgasbord of copy and paste Marvel movies has worn my patience over the years but Guardians whilst containing the CGI copy and paste, shoot shoot shoot, explode explode explode mentality has heart and that’s more than what can be said about the rest of the Marvel state in my eyes.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the perfect blend of lovable characters that we all know and love. The comic relief of Drax and Quill, the heart and mind of Rocket, I am groot (need I say more?) and the group bond is a strong and definitive reason why it’s some people’s favourite group of Marvel movies.
Invited down by IMAX we travelled to the Broughton cinema to see this beloved band of misfits in their third and potentially final adventure.
Still reeling from the loss of Gamora, Peter Quill must rally his team to defend the universe and protect one of their own. If the mission is not completely successful, it could possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.
From the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie back in 2017 to now the process has been fun but Guardians of the Galaxy 3 takes a more emotional and serious tone than the two before it. Quill is suffering with his own loss as Gamora has returned but it’s not the same Gamora who he loves but every other arc takes a backseat and lets Rocket take centre stage for this one.
In a tear-jerking story that explores animal cruelty and experimentation as well as friendship and mourning Guardians of the Galaxy 3 brings you close to tears before a one-liner is dropped and you’re there half crying, half laughing and wondering why a little bundle of CGI is making you get upset so much.
James Gunn manages to steady the ship amongst the crazy fight sequences and the overload of CGI but does lose his way when it comes to Adam Warlock’s character (played by Will Pouter). Adam is quickly introduced, randomly becomes the main culprit for the entire film’s story and then vanishes for the majority of the film showing up now and again to deliver some awkward one-liners and then his end arc makes zero sense with absolutely no explanation of how he reached a certain line of thinking or why he’s really there in the first place.
It’s always the same with Marvel movies, there are so many planets, characters, races and more introduced into this complex universe that many just get lost in the pile and that’s where an audience struggles to keep up and certain characters become expendable in terms of their story. Adam Warlock is criminally underutilised in this movie and it’s a real shame.

The IMAX screen makes the film absolutely pop with its vibrancy and incredible audio fully immersing me in what’s happening and when The High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji) is introduced to the screen his metallic armour glistens on the big screen.
I rather enjoyed The High Evolutionary as the main villain of the piece, after the animal cruelty storyline becomes the main focus of the film The High Evolutionary just can’t be liked as a bad guy. Thanos made a fair point, an extreme point but a fair one all the same and he was loved by many but the second you see the lengths of his cruelty I’m grooting (see what I did there?) for the good guys to blow his head off!
Flashbacks usually distract me from a story but they’re done so beautifully that it blends in perfectly with the present circumstances.
We’ve grown up with these characters for many years now and Dave Bautista’s (Drax) comedic delivery needs to be explored more in other movies. 
Gamora’s character after the events of Infinity War seems like a waste of time for me personally. She fits into this movie (only just) but it just seems a wasted effort to keep her character going and Guardians of the Galaxy 3 just about wraps up her arc quite abruptly. A shame but with so many characters and stories to tie up quite a few just end rather quickly, there’s only so much time to do these things and with a movie solely about Rocket everyone else takes a back seat.

I thoroughly enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy 3 even if it went on weird tangents at times but James Gunn wanted you to see this movie in IMAX, he demanded it and you really should listen, it’s worth it and I wouldn’t see a movie specifically shot in IMAX any other way and you shouldn’t either!
As part of the filmed for IMAX programme, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 was shot with IMAX-certified digital cameras, showcasing exclusive IMAX Expanded Aspect Ratio throughout the entire film, providing up to 26% more picture from start to finish in IMAX. 
Since Captain America: Civil War, Marvel directors have been turning to IMAX-certified digital cameras and through an IMAX screen is exactly how director James Gunn intended for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 to be experienced.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 IMAX Review by Sean Evans

Our Rating

Get those tissues ready, this film is a bumpy ride where almost every character comes close to having their last ever scene. From crying one minute to laughing the next it’s truly an emotional and special journey that goes deeper than the usual Marvel CGI shoot um ups that we’ve come to expect. 

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