Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Movie Review: Is It Safe for Kids? Parents Guide
Our family had an awesome time taking our son Bry-man and his friends to see Guardians of the Galaxy 3 for his birthday party! The theater was packed with Marvel fans of all ages, and the excitement in the air was palpable. The kids were thrilled to see their favorite characters from the previous movies back in action, and the new additions to the team did not disappoint.
In 2014, Marvel Studios introduced the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie and followed up with Vol. 2 in 2017. The Brymax Brothers have seen both films and were looking forward to the newest release. Unfortunately Director James Gunn’s unique Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy has come to an end, and the final chapter, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, is here. I decided to make our birthday party a parent guide review which will break down the visuals, the story, and a full PG-13 age rating explanation for violence, adult themes, and language to help determine whether this film is safe for kids to watch. Marvel Studios has always delivered stunning visuals, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is no exception. This film is grounded in out-of-this-galaxy CGI combined with professional camera work, making it a visual masterpiece. The landscapes, creatures, detailed costumes, and makeup are visually stunning. For the ultimate experience, it is recommended to watch this movie in an upgraded IMAX/3D format. This was one regret I had because for the party time we could only book a Standard Definition theater.
It is important to note that this film contains scenes with bright flashing guns, lighting/electrocution effects, and fast-moving action scenes that may be triggering for those with children that have photosensitivity and seizures.
The Story: Spoilers Ahead James Gunn returns to direct the final Guardians of the Galaxy film, and the all-star cast returns with Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Chukwudi Iwuji as The High Evolutionary, Will Poulter as Adam Warlock, and Maria Bakalova as Cosmo.
In this film, Peter Quill must rally his team to defend the universe and protect one of their own. If they don't succeed, it could mean the end of the Guardians as we know them. This final chapter is Rocket's time to shine, and we get to see more of his backstory, trauma, and healing. The film has a new soundtrack, but the same unconventional superhero action with a side of humor and heart.
We also get to here Groot say some other words than "I am Groot!" Vin Diesel is finally earning that paycheck.
"My favorite part was when Groot got all Buff at the end!," - Nugget
Is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Safe for Kids? While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is visually stunning and has an all-star cast, it is important to note that it is rated PG-13 for violence, adult themes, and language. James Gunn has said that this film is his love letter to Rocket, and he turns all the dials up to the next level. The changes made may be welcomed by some of the more mature Marvel fans who think these superheroes are beyond the understanding of families and young kids.
However, it is important to remember that Guardians of the Galaxy is like a family and is loved by many. The finale teeters on the PG-13 line, and some may feel that this farewell party is not one for kids. Some of the language was a little rough, especially for the under 13 crowd. An F-Bomb even made it through which was a little shocking and event the audience was stunned. There was some grotesque scenes as well, such as when the main villains face is removed. This may be too scary for young kids.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 was one of the better Marvel movies we've seen in the last few years. Bryman and all his friends had nothing but good things to say about the film.
The storyline was engaging and well-written, the characters were lovable as always, and the action scenes were thrilling. We highly recommend it to any Marvel fan, but just be aware of the foul language and violence if you plan to bring younger kids.
How many Post Credits Scenes are there in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3?
There are two post-credits scenes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The first one appears midway through the credits and shows a new version of the Guardians of the Galaxy led by Rocket embarking on a new mission. The second scene appears at the very end of the credits and features Starlord starting a new chapter in his life after giving Rocket permission to lead the new team.
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