It’s a welcome return with Marvel Studios Guardians so here is our Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 IMAX review as our beloved band of misfits are looking a bit different these days. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him to defend the universe along with protecting one of their own. A mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.

It’s hard to think that the last Guardians of the Galaxy movie was back in 2017, so it’s been a long wait for Volume 3, but by gosh it was well worth the wait to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 in IMAX with such a fitting end to the trilogy and one that is quite emotional in many scenes of the movie.

Over the years we have been treated to the antics and adventures of the Guardians thanks to the awesome James Gunn and this third movie works brilliantly as an end to the trilogy, there is everything you could possibly want from the characters and the story. Plenty of action, superb special CGI effects and wonderful prosthetic character effects as well that bring the world of Marvel to life on the big screen.

The High Evolutionary

Of course, you have to have a villain that you love to hate and The High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji) is a character that I know many of you will hate from the shocking and horrible animal experiments that he does, so be warned these are not for the faint of heart. But it all explains the back story of Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and how he came to be the character that we have come to love in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

The flashbacks certainly pull you from what is happening throughout the movie, but damn they work well to touch you and help you understand more about the character and why he is the way he is.

Will Poulter as Adam Warlock

A character that I’ve been dying to see in the movie is Adam Warlock (Will Poulter), the character works great for the story and although we don’t get too much screen time with him, those moments are brilliant, especially the first introduction in the movie which all I can say is “explosive”.

The connection between the characters works so well, I’d say they have developed a fair bit since the first movie back in 2014 with them being more connected with each other and knowing how each other reacts to situations. Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) are brilliant together and certainly bounce off each other well.

Starlord (Chris Pratt) seems to have grown up more as well with him becoming more serious about what is happening but still has the comedic moments that make us smile. Gamora (Zoe Saldaña) on the other hand is not the one we know from the previous movies and those that have been following the MCU will know why she is different, it’s great to see how the character reacts with the Guardians in this movie and I really enjoyed her performance throughout the movie.

Of course, GROOT (Vin Diesel) is always GROOT and I can’t say much more than “I am GROOT” about GROOT, and let’s not forget about Rocket, this is really Rocket’s movie and as I mentioned earlier we learn so much more about the character in Vol 3. Be prepared for several tissue moments and “Awwww” moments with his flashbacks.

I don’t really want to go into the details of the story much for this movie as it is one that you really should see without the spoilers, suffice to say, go and see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 in IMAX if you can, it not only looks stunning but the sounds is amazing, you really feel like you are in the middle of the action with the sound mix. The explosions rumble through the seats with the base and the quiet scenes pick up the slightest of sounds to pinpoint precision.

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.

James Gunn writes and directs “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Sean Gunn, Chukwudi Iwuji, Will Poulter and Maria Bakalova. Kevin Feige is the producer and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nikolas Korda, Simon Hatt and Sara Smith serve as executive producers.

My recommendation is to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 in IMAX, it looks and sounds great, and it’s certainly the cinematic experience to enjoy. Just don’t forget your tissues!