The commentary for the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special pays homage to Marvel’s “Feel-Good Christmas Story.”

“Twas the night before Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, not the critic was raising. That’s because the first reviews of the Marvel Studios Special Presentation that airs this Friday on Disney+ have already arrived online. in spirit Star Wars Holiday Special, writer-director James Gunn tells the story of Christmas with celebrity appearances and musical performances. But instead of Life Day and Wookies, the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Celebrate the traditions of the Christmas season on Earth with Peter Quill / Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and aliens Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Boom Klementieff).

But he Guardians of the Galaxy The Christmas special is a new holiday classic or a festive twist? With a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, most reviewers seem to agree: Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is a welcome stocking stuffer by Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, In theaters on May 5th, 2023.

ComicBook.com:”Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Marvel Studios is giving Christmas a huge hit and fans must be very excited to hit Disney+. With some very good presentations, this is sure to be a gift you’ll want under your tree.”

diverse: “There will be no coal in James Gunn’s inventory this year. His Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is full of zany Christmas cheer and feel-good, and is one of the best content Marvel Studios has released in years.”

The Hollywood Reporter: The text is peppered with crumbs of awkward (though thankfully easy to ignore) explanation that will surely become relevant at once. [the Guardians] Returning to theaters in 2023 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. And the whole project is secured by the kind of studio clout and money that could get Kevin Bacon to show up and hang out with Aliens for a few days. However, it all works, at least if (like me) you’re a bit of a sucker for Guardians to begin with. It’s funny enough to elicit loud laughter and poignant enough to trigger that telltale sting behind the eyes, if not enough to draw a full-blown tear. Perhaps he lacks real heft Guardians feature or series, but it’s exactly the holiday candy you want from this versatile crew: shiny, fluffy, and quirky enough to feel personal. “

Rolling Stone: What you get is more or less what you’d think a holiday special from Gunn and the Guardians would be. Even the trademark soundtrack… Sure, you’ll miss Pratt’s minimal contributions if you blink, and Little Bits with Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon, Groot Vin Diesel’s grouchy teen, and Maria Bakova’s Cosmos Telepathic Soviet Speeddog look more like systolic contributions than anything else…but if the sight of Drax grinning like an idiot wearing a garish sweater with a bear shooting lasers from his eyes, then it looks like your Christmas He came early this year.”

the edge: “It’s a goofy Christmas, but the special also feels like a prelude to the next Guardians movie. Now, to be fair, it’s at least cheerful In addition to the MCU. The special clocks in at under an hour and is basically a feel-good Christmas story with a few sci-fi shenanigans thrown in.”

Indian Express: Somewhat boldly, Gunn draws comparisons between Guardians Private and notorious Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978, which is still, even after all these years, one of the most iconic pop artworks of all time. But Gunn didn’t limit his tribute to just a hat-trick in Chewbacca’s direction; He went ahead and booked the Guardians Special with animated sequences designed to mimic similar scenes in The Guardians star Wars Peer… Despite its ominous overtures, Gunn’s film doesn’t undermine the main bottom line, nor does it reek of cash grab. On the contrary, it’s a perfectly enjoyable distraction from the larger machinations of the MCU.”

dexerto:Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is a warm, sincere hug from the MCU, and the perfect gift the franchise can give: a reminder of what makes this team up so lovable. ”

/Movie: “We’re sticking to predictable humor and not one but two different drawn-out musical numbers that play more like time-fillers than anything else. But the mood remains light, and those looking for sweet treats in the form of entertainment are likely to be entertained. . . . at the very least, The special never gets past its welcome. Actually, that’s part of the problem – it’s so fast and airy that it leaves you wanting more. There’s no food here, just empty calories. This ultimately feels like something someone could throw in the background while They’re decorating their own Christmas tree. Happy holidays, I guess!”

Midwest Film Magazine:The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special It takes a group of well-known characters on a fun, low-stakes adventure that gives them room to grow while enjoying freedom from theatrical expectations. Reminds you why Guardians of the Galaxy And the sequel is still hugely beloved nearly a decade after the characters debuted and laid the emotional foundations for the year ahead Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3. At its core, though, it’s mostly just a cheery part of Christmas programming.”

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