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right in front of Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas SpecialThe imminent arrival of ‘s, the reviews are pouring in, providing auspicious signs for the special short.
The unique offering, part of a double coda for director James Gunn’s work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, seems to effectively evoke an appropriately upbeat seasonal spirit while maintaining the unique and motley character of the space crew that audiences still remember calling “a bunch of jerks.” Indeed, Variety‘s review states that it “pays homage to the nostalgic tropes of holiday specials that make you want to cozy up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa and a stack of Marvel comics, because this is the MCU, after all.” everybody.”
Also, while the focus remains on the Christmas troubles of de facto protagonist Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), the holiday special is garnering praise for bringing attention to the character who spent the last few years ignoring the MCU’s offerings, namely Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff), whose initial dynamic approximated in 2017. guardians of the galaxy vol. two becomes somewhat poignant when he becomes the center of a prank to cheer up his depressed human patron by kidnapping actor Kevin Bacon. This idea is further supported by IGN. “Just like Gunn took a previously despicable character in Peacemaker and turned him into a believably likeable lead in his HBO Max series, he takes Mantis, who was previously just a background character, and adds more complexity and layers with the help of de Klementieff. performance”, praises the video game store.
However, the Christmas nostalgia factor apparently extends to director Gunn himself as well. That is because colliderThe B-rated review of observes that it “shows us what a wonderful storyteller Gunn is when given more flexibility and smaller stakes. We’ve seen what he can do with fewer restrictions with the DCEU, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen him.” we did”. I’ve seen the talent of him in a PG-13 environment like this, and he still works amazingly well.” However, the edge — who has good things to say about the special — points out that, despite their familial joy, holiday special it’s still too tied to the big MCU and sowing its franchise seeds. “So instead of a nice little Christmas adventure, the special feels like a Christmas-themed prologue to guardians of the galaxy vol. 3the review observes. “Maybe that’s to be expected; it is the Marvel way, after all.
Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special premieres on Disney+ on November 25.