Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special2022.
Directed by James Gunn.
Starring Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker and Vin Diesel.
Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), misses Christmas while in outer space, so his teammates Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) try to cheer him up with the best gift ever. : Peter’s beloved ’80s movie star, Kevin. Bacon.
One of two parting gifts before James Gunn heads to DC in an attempt to infuse his grim output with the same kind of magic that has made Peter Quill and Co. the beating heart of the MCU, Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special acts as a harbinger of the coming summer guardians of the galaxy vol. 3. Does that make this festive madness essential viewing? Well, barring a touching exchange between two key characters that wraps the little story in a little Christmassy bow, or the fact that Groot is in the secondary stage of his life cycle, this is more throwaway than anything the MCU has ever offered. . until now.
If you were expecting more from GOTG after his one line read cameos from Thor: Love and Thunder then you will be disappointed. Essentially a two-handed affair for Dave Bautista’s Drax and Pom Klementieff’s Mantis, who travel to Earth in an attempt to kidnap Kevin Bacon as a Christmas present for Chris Pratt’s Gamora-afflicted Star-Lord, the entire effort it feels like big budget SNL. sketch, or that episode where Friends he went to London, which means the comedy is scattered, but when it lands you’ll be laughing as hard as Drax over destroying a Christmas tree.
If you were ever going to try to do something like this and make it work, Gunn’s Guardians really are the perfect characters to tell a heartfelt Christmas story. Volumes 1 and 2 of his MCU entries have been peppered with some of the series’ most shocking moments. Think of Quill’s mother from Guardians of the Galaxy, or Yondu’s funeral and Rocket’s tears from the follow-up. Over the course of two films, beyond the jokes and the shrillness, it’s been the relationships between the crew of The Milano that have left a more indelible mark than most of the other 28 entries.
What that means is that we immediately have our George Bailey in Pratt’s downtrodden hero, our Ebenezer Scrooge in Karen Gillan’s deliciously candid Nebula: “We Don’t Have Time for Trivia Like Christmas,” and our Steve Martin and John Candy. in the form of intergalactic road trip duo Drax and Mantis.
As the last couple is the prize in this MCU Christmas-cracker, they get most of the laughs. Their arrival outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater is particularly nice, as they run into some familiar copyright-infringing faces, resulting in Drax jokingly beating up a GoBot. Then, after a drunken night, Keven Bacon is kidnapped, and while he can’t help but feel a bit like an extension of the actor’s longstanding mobile phone endorsement, he sends himself off with such enthusiasm that he immediately matches the tone. of his new intergalactic friends. His exchanges with the always affable Drax de Bautista provide the biggest laughs, with a flash dance conversation that led him to ask Bacon “What was it like when you had to save a small town by dancing like an idiot?”
Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special It’s a marked improvement over the last season’s spinoff based on the high-profile space we were subjected to, and while it feels like one of those gifts you got as a kid that shines all shiny and new before being dumped on the pile of forgotten toys, your love for these characters and the world Gunn has created can’t help but give you a festive feeling for forty minutes.
Blinking Myth Rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★
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