Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is by far the best of the trilogy. It is action-packed, hilarious, fun, and, at times, heartbreaking. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 releases in the United States tomorrow, May 5, 2023. The film is the Guardians third installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that is if you don’t count the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special released last December, and brings back the characters fans love, including Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Will Poulter (Adam Warlock), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon) Pom Klementieff (Mantis), and even some surprise faces like Nathan Fillion (Master Karja) and Sylvester Stallone (Stakar Stallone). The movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is the final installment of the trilogy and gives this ragtag bunch the ending they deserve. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 Parents Guide
In Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” our beloved band of misfits are settling into life on Knowhere. But it isn’t long before their lives are upended by the echoes of Rocket’s turbulent past. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him on a dangerous mission to save Rocket’s life—a mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them. The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Sean Gunn, Chukwudi Iwuji, Will Poulter and Maria Bakalova. Director James Gunn also wrote the screenplay. Kevin Feige produces with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nikolas Korda, Sara Smith, and Simon Hatt serving as executive producers. Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” opens in U.S. theaters on May 5.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 Age Rating Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know about the age rating of the movie before letting their younger children watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
Language: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 contains some stronger words, with profanity used throughout. Some of the words include one use of f*ck, sh*t, a**, a**h*le, d*ck, jacka**, douche, and phrases like son of a b*tch and screw you.
Mature Content: The biggest concern for parents in the film, other than the strong language, is the intense sequences of violence and depictions of violence and cruelty towards animals. Characters are shown in hand-to-hand combat, wielding weapons and guns, shooting and killing other characters, explosions, the destruction of a planet and the species that reside there, torture of characters, aberrational behavior, and more. Some of the most difficult scenes and more mature themes to watch were those towards animals that displayed cruelty, putting animals through torturous conditions of being experimented on, caged, and eventually discarded. For animal lovers out there, think twice before seeing this one; it will definitely break one’s heart. There are also creepy creatures that may scare some younger viewers. Characters are shown consuming alcohol and becoming intoxicated. While the film does not contain any drug abuse to speak of, there is a reference to meth.
Age Rating of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 has a PG-13 rating for strong snippets of language, intense sequences of action violence, and animal cruelty, and the parental guidelines advisory recommends it for an adult audience, younger adults, and teens aged 13 and older. The suggestion of parental guidance or a legal guardian (adult guardian) is highly suggested for young kids (or older kids) under 17 years of age in this PG-13-rated motion picture for adult material. The minimum age recommendation is 13 years old; it is not suitable for young children. There is no drug use content, but there are drug references. No sex scenes or brief nudity.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is by far the best film of the Guardians trilogy and possibly one of the top five Marvel movies in the MCU. In saying this, it is probably also one of the most violent and disturbing films to watch as far as violence, blood, gore, and torture are concerned. This is saying a lot considering fans saw half of the world vanish with a simple snap of Thanos’s fingers, but that is nothing compared to the heartbreaking and cruel moments that Vol. 3 brings. Some of the cruelty will be too harsh to watch with your young viewer; it was even difficult for some adults to view, especially animal lovers. Along with this violence, as mentioned by many critics, this film marks the first in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to drop the F-bomb. With the violence and language, this author was actually surprised it did not receive an R rating.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is written and directed by James Gunn, who has left his mark on the previous Guardians films, and with his love for the heroes, he really is the right one to do it justice. He succeeded in taking the previous film and story and giving them a worthy plot, a terrific ending, and giving each character their moment to shine. The cast has played these heroes for years now and has come to truly embody each of their characters, revealing layers of emotional depth to the roles that make their characters loved even more so, especially with Mantis, Drax, and Nebula, who exuded a vulnerability that we have not seen before in the three.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is really Rocket’s story, giving the mischievous raccoon a backstory that will break fans hearts. As Nebula stated, the cruelty done to Rocket was worse than what Thanos did to her. Chukwudi Iwuji plays the villain, the High Evolutionary, and brings all the qualities that we have come to know in Marvel villains: cruelty towards species in the name of “saving” or “perfecting” the world. Much like one of Marvel’s most famous villains, Thanos, who erased half the population of the world in order to save it, the High Evolutionary is in search of the most perfect world, and in order to create this world, he does some truly horrifying things.
Like the prior films, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 has a soundtrack that will knock your socks off. As per usual, there are classic rock tracks that fans expect, but since updating to a Zune, Starlord now has more genres at his fingertips. He can now span decades of great music, including some surprise hits from the 90’s and 2000’s that will have fans more familiar with those times excited. Overall, this is a great film and a superb end cap for a series that deftly balances the irreverent and the resolute. Time will tell how we may see some of these characters again in subsequent MCU films, but for the moment, things feel succinctly concise for our heroes.