Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is an emotional rollercoaster

The final instalment of Marvel's fan-favourite Guardians of the Galaxy series lands in cinemas this coming week and audiences will need to strap themselves in for an emotional rollercoaster.

Here's Kate Rodger's review.

Ten years of this rag-tag dysfunctional friends-who-become-family group of galaxy guardians comes to a close with this third and final chapter of Guardians of the Galaxy and I'll be honest, I hadn't expected to cry my eyes out like a little baby as much as I did.

So - pack a hanky, plug in your walkman, open up your heart and get ready to launch yourself into your nearest cinema.

So, where are we: Peter Quill has some sobering up to do, his own heart broken by Gamora. Nebula is still grumpy but we love that. Mantis is magical as always, Drax is, well, Drax and Groot? Well he's clearly expanded his vocab just a little.

There will be no spoilers here but it's no secret that this final story is Rocket's.

And given writer/director James Gunn's love of animals and his love for these characters, Rocket's origin story is full of the kind of humanity and inhumanity that great storytelling is made of.

Heart, soul and their usual humour, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 totally sticks the landing, bringing this beloved slice of the Marvel franchise to a nourishing close, dancing across the finish line to the tune of another blockbuster soundtrack and reminding me how much I just adore going to the movies.

Five stars.