Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special Review: Pom Klementieff, Bautista Are A CRUNCHY Holiday Combo


Giving us a brief glimpse of what the Guardians of the Galaxy are up to between the events of Avengers: Endgame-Thor: Love and Thunder and the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special takes place during Christmas time. Even though it’s the festive season, Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is in a downtrodden mood. To cheer him up, Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) take it upon themselves to give Peter the best Christmas present of all; Quill’s childhood hero, Kevin Bacon! Unsurprisingly, Mantis and Drax get into some bizarre shenanigans when they descend on Earth, specifically Hollywood. The hilarity ensues when a frightened Kevin Bacon is kidnapped, but thankfully it also turns into a lesson or two in friendship throughout the intergalactic adventure. Plus, Mantis has an ulterior motive behind her relentless attempt to make Peter happy…


The Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special couldn’t have come at a better time, as it’s the perfect reintroduction (sort of!) to Guardians of the Galaxy, especially with the way Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. came out in 2017. Given the massive amount of content produced by Marvel Studios and the subsequent superhero fatigue plaguing fans, it might be hard to keep up with the gang of mischievous superheroes. However, thanks to the heartwarming holiday special, the excitement for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has increased significantly. Clocking in at 44 minutes, James Gunn manages to produce a relatively cheesy but emotional story about genuine friendship between drastically different characters, who found family in each other. The fact that it’s a Christmas movie is just an added bonus, instantly giving me that warm, fuzzy feeling that’s intertwined with the holiday season.

For me, what propels The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special as an excellent watch, and unlike the many, many Christmas outings now coming out, has to be the endearing performance from the ensemble, headlined by the talented Pom Klementieff as Mantis. , who until now was relegated to a minor character. Pom is absolutely contagious to watch on screen, as his constant bickering with Dave Bautista’s Drax elevates the MCU humor we know and love. Watching the “fish out of water” sequences of the eccentric couple landing in Hollywood in search of Kevin Bacon is a genuine highlight. Bautista has a lot of fun as Drax, a fan favorite, and one can clearly tell. On the other hand, I hope that the development of the character Mantis adopts in the Holiday Special leads to more screen time for the lovable character in the near future. Speaking of Kevin Bacon, there couldn’t be a more apt stellar addition to blend in with the GOTG gang as we get a more OTT characterization of the veteran actor. While James Gunn champions Guardians of the Galaxy prowess when it comes to his addictive soundtrack, Bacon gets to show off his vocal chops in a party-focused performance that’s sure to put a big smile on your face like I did. to me.

Chris Pratt, surprisingly, takes a more secondary place this time around in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (as do Karen Gillan’s Nebula, Bradley Cooper’s Rocket, and Vin Diesel’s Groot). However, the scenes in which Peter Quill finds himself packs an emotional punch. The animated opening where we learn from Kraglin Obfonteri (Sean Gunn) how Yondu (Micheal Rooker) “ruined” Christmas for Quill and the subsequent hammering out of what Christmas means and Santa Claus with a fun, electric band performance is sure to blow you away. laughing. aloud. The *SPOILER* reveal at the end of the special, while touching, fails to grab you as much as it should. And that’s mostly due to the underdeveloped script (there are some dialogue exceptions that are hysterical!), which arguably wasn’t fed enough. However, the holiday spirit, as well as the signature, eclectic charm of “James Gunn” from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, shines brightly. And, at the end of the day, that’s what makes The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special one of Marvel’s best outings in the chaotic multiverse-driven MCU Phase 4. There are a few easter eggs here and there, but it never gets too forgiving. . Rather, we have a Christmas show to revisit again and again…

Points in favor:

First, it has to be the heartfelt performance from the ensemble in the Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special, particularly Pom Klementieff and Dave Bautista as Mantis and Drax. Watching the flamboyant combo fight through the streets of Hollywood with childish innocence is super entertaining to watch. The addition of Kevin Bacon is witty writing at its finest, as is Chris Pratt’s brief but sweet screen presence. Unsurprisingly, James Gunn gifts us with another stellar GOTG soundtrack that’s sure to become a Christmas staple, while the crisp emotional quotient in the storytelling fits the bill.

Bad points:

The big reveal in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special may leave you teary-eyed, but it doesn’t hit you like it should. The story also feels a bit underdeveloped, with a lot less Rocket, Groot, and Nebula than we would have liked.


  • Pom Klementieff takes center stage to shine in a charming performance alongside a hilarious Dave Bautista.
  • Kevin Bacon! Kevin Bacon! Kevin Bacon!
  • Despite the short runtime, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special infuses everything we know and love about the beloved superhero franchise.


Finally, James Gunn masterfully weaves his magic into The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, making for the perfect holiday watch for MCU fans, while Pom Klementieff and Dave Bautista are THE quirky couple we didn’t know we needed.

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