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The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special Review | Movie

After learning about the Terran holiday ‘Christmas’, Guardians Of The Galaxy stalwarts Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) head to Earth to recruit/kidnap Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) favorite movie star, Kevin Bacon. , as a gift they hope will cheer up their captain.

if Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is the final shot of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe through our brackets, and it couldn’t be a more apt summary of this wild, uneven, bizarre, insane, frequently distorted and at times creatively exhilarating, unfocused and quirky self-indulgent series of movies and TV shows. . To finish it off with a 42-minute goofy, insubstantial (possibly goofy) soufflé that somehow manages to make all of these things sound right.

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When it was announced that James Gunn wasn’t just working on the third and final one Guardians of the Galaxy A movie (due out next summer), but also a Christmas special featuring the characters he transformed from ragtag ragamuffins to the scoundrel center of the MCU, has set tongues wagging and minds a-Racing. What will happen? Guardians 2.5, but with a little Christmas sing-along on the soundtrack? A variety show with guardians at the center? The title might be, however, a strong nod to the most iconic TV show of them all – 1978’s Star Wars Holiday Special — would it be evidence of Gunn’s intentions to make something intentional, well, bullshit?

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In the end, it’s a little bit of the three. there We are Nods to the Holiday Special, including two animated interludes (Boba Fett, of course, is introduced in this show via animation), while some of the musical numbers briefly threaten to make it sound like we accidentally stumbled upon Jools’ Hootenanny. Or Grootenanny, if you will.

Guardians 2.5, though, is where Gunn – again writing and directing – ends. after events Avengers: Endgame, puts the Guardians back in that giant floating space skull, Knowhere, and quickly sets his plot in motion. After learning, through Sean Gunn’s Kraglin, what Christmas means to Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Mantis (Bom Klementieff) and Drax (Dave Bautista) set out to help mend their leader’s broken heart (all of this taking place after Gamora’s death, lest we forget, nor Pratt’s Quill is still in the sad sack mode; something we’ll hope he’s out of by the time Vol. 3 rolling) by giving him a Christmas he won’t forget. Which includes going to Earth to kidnap the Mightiest Hero on Earth, Kevin Bacon.

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Very frothy, luscious, and clearly not meant to be taken seriously.

But because they’re stupid, and only have 12% of the plan, things go wrong quickly. Can Drax and Mantis save the day, bring Kevin Bacon back to Knowhere, and remind Peter Quill of the magic of Christmas? The result, of course, is not in doubt. So it really is about enjoying the ride. And there’s a lot to enjoy here, like Drax and Mantis – their bizarre chemistry was one of the most enjoyable aspects of the game Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Wrong their way around Los Angeles, they get into trouble with the law. Gunn can write these characters in his sleep, and Bautista knows Drax’s cartoonish, cartoonish features in and out now, of course, but it’s Pom Klementieff, still a fairly recent addition to the Guardians’ gang, who really thrives here, leaning towards Mantis’ bona fide quirkiness while giving Some delightful plotline readings, and adding a little depth to a character that could easily become comic relief.

Make no mistake, as charming as it gets, this isn’t an MCU effort for beginners. And that’s fine — at this point, Gunn and Kevin Feige and colleagues. They’ve earned the right to lose every now and then with sheer weirdness like that. But there will be some, and that might also include savvy MCU fans, for whom this might be a lot of fun, for whom this might look like the most expensive home video ever shot (the production values ​​here are amazing – the entire movies have been on less impressive sets than Knowhere sound system). Everything is incredibly minor, and a bit inconsequential (with the possible exception of two single character characters, it seems you can skip this and go straight to Vol. 3 And don’t miss a beat), while the Kevin Bacon scenes feel disappointingly toothless. EE’s ads have relived his career and personality with more comedic spark than here.

But it’s also frothy and fun, and clearly not meant to be taken seriously. It’s what it is: a bunch of holes, learning and laughing and singing about Christmas. If this isn’t your bag, I’m Groot. And we mean it.

The odd line about Mrs. Klaus and the moguls aside, it might lack the biting edge of Gunn’s Guardians movies so far, and there will be some people who find the whole thing pretty silly, but even the hardest of hearts can’t fail to soften up a bit by Drax beating up the living excrement of a man. He wears a robot costume. Happy birthday stranger.

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