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'Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special' Review: Disney+'s Delightful Solo Edition

In retrospect, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe superheroes to get their own Christmas special (that is, a standalone Christmas-themed movie, not just a late-December story), this Feels a little weird; sorry, Iron Man 3 and Hawkeye) will be Guardians of the Galaxy.

Of course, they are literal aliens, so foreign to the whole concept that they understand Santa as a flamethrower-wielding freak whose Genie wants to poke his eyes out, as in the opening credits to Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special , a cheerful original tune. But of all Marvel’s sub-franchises, none focuses more explicitly on holiday-appropriate notions of family, love, and home—and none does it better with enough irreverence to stir the deep feelings associated with it, To keep it sweet from becoming boring.

Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

Bottom Line

A fluffy, fun holiday dessert.

Broadcast date:

Friday, November 25 (Disney+) Cast: Chris Pu Lutter , Dave Bautista , Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Karen Gillan , Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Kevin Bacon
Screenwriter and Director: James Gunn

Written and directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Opens with big names, emotionally speaking: Animated flashbacks evoking memories of Yondu (Michael Rooker), who died in 2017 of

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 still tops any list of Marvel’s most tear-jerking moments. Here, the irascible Ravager plays the necessary role of Christmas skeptics – Kraglin (Sean Gunn) explains in the reality show that it was Yondu who ruined little Peter’s day by destroying his Christmas tree, throwing

Mantis Woman (Pom Klementieff) is moved by this anecdote and decides to “save” the day for Peter, who has been on the road since the incident Sad for Gamora Avengers: Infinity War . With the help of her best friend Drax (Dave Bautista), Mantis sets off to Earth in search of Kevin Bacon – a hero Peter speaks with such reverence that the two think he’s the perfect hero. The ruler of Earth, or at least the ruler of most peoples, intended him to be the perfect gift for Peter. – With a running time of about a few minutes, sit back and enjoy the spectacle of Mantis and Drax, which, even by Guardians standards, is utterly eccentric, making it hard to understand the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. After landing near the Walk of Fame, they posed for photos with costumed characters at the Chinese Theater and sipped tequila at a rowdy bar. Eventually, they also learn that Kevin Bacon isn’t really a hero, but just an actor playing a hero, giving the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special cast many (maybe too many) opportunities Make winking comments about how obnoxious the actors are.

Once they got to him, the ensuing chaos was predictably comical, with Mantis assuring a pair of terrified cops “We didn’t do anything wrong, we just took The legendary hero Kevin Bacon gave him as a gift to our friend who was sad about Christmas.” Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Hardly a real curveball, offered or adopted Delightfully eclectic soundtrack that eschews the usual covers of “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World” like Wayne’s Fountain “I Want an Alien for Christmas.”

But that’s hardly a complaint when shocking audiences was never the project’s goal in the first place. It was meant to deliver all the twinkly lights and fuzzy vibes we’ve come to expect from Christmas entertainment, and it did. So of course there’s a moment where one character’s face is filled with awe at the sheer magic of that moment, while another tearfully declares “this is the best Christmas present I could ever get.” Of course, the real Christmas spirit ends up being the friends we make along the way, or something, even in this case one of the “friends” is a disoriented A-list actor who has no idea how he ended up with aliens People party first.

The miser in me can’t help but point out that despite the adorable fighting spirit of the gang, the Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special As artful as they come. Its release couldn’t have come at a better time, reminding viewers how much we love these characters, who haven’t had a big-screen adventure in five years. The script is littered with clumsy crumbs (although thankfully easily overlooked) that once they get back to the theater at 2023 Crumbs are sure to become relevant. s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The whole project is backed by the studio’s clout and money to allow Kevin Bacon to show up and play with aliens for days.

Yet it all works, at least if you (like me) start out being a little silly with the Guardians. It’s funny enough to elicit a loud laugh, and enough to cause a sting in the back of the eye, if not enough to bring tears to the eyes. Maybe it lacks the heft of a trueGuardians feature film or episode, but it’s exactly the holiday dessert you want from this motley crew: shiny, fluffy, and weirdly It feels very personal.



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