The Christmas Special tradition is not that common. Obviously the most famous will forever remain the nanardesque Star Wars, but when we talk about the Christmas version, we think much more easily of series with special episodes than of films. The MCU sticks to it, at our own risk. on Disney+ – to believe that the platform allows Kevin Feige to have fun with more discreet and less important stuff in the continuity of his great story –: Guardians of the Galaxy: Happy Holidays. Forty-five minutes with our Guardians, Christmas spirit and… Kevin Bacon? the attempts at humor do not all take – nice euphemism – and the interest of the TV movie remains to be proven. Without doubt important, but more embarrassing than anything else The only strength of this light story, besides the pleasure of finding some of the heroes more or less s dear to our hearts, is to include a small parenthesis before the consequences of the team’s adventure. Understand, we teaser what Guardians 3.0 will look like. Starting with a tall Groot, with a still adolescent head. We doubt that Cosmo, the Soviet cosmonaut dog who “talks”, who we had only seen in the blink of an eye until now and who is here a tad more present, will be important, but the question arises. pose. On the bottom, two, three sentences indicate not uninteresting implications for the continuation. Spoiler: early on, we learn that the Guardians bought Knowhere from the Collector. Which could involve a lot of stuff – did they get all of his stuff back? But most of all, Mantis is worried about telling Peter that she’s his sister. Information that was to be revealed in the second film at the start and which was cut during editing – it comes from one of the new episodes of Marvel Legends on Mantis, available on Disney + since November 23, but not yet in France. The dialogue in which it fits looks like two drops of water to that of the Holiday Special. It is therefore done: when Mantis said that Ego had found her on a planet, we now know that it is false. It’s a safe bet that all of this will be an integral part of the third Guardians of the Galaxy, with Mantis taking up more and more space and Groot being central to the story. Behind these details that will please aficionados, the plot is lighter . It’s a forty-five minute Christmas Special, that’s normal. The plot is therefore centered around the Guardians who want to cheer Peter up. The latter is sad, not because Gamora is not by his side but because once kidnapped by Yondu, the latter spat on Christmas and the former earthling has fond memories of this holiday he loved so much, There was a time. To cheer him up, Drax and Mantis have the good idea to go to Los Angeles to kidnap Peter’s lifelong idol: Kevin Bacon. The star of Footloose, a film of which the young Peter was a fan before being forcibly embarked in a spaceship, therefore finds himself pursued by the duo before landing on Knowhere. Before doing a gig for Peter?Call us sour or whatever, but the supposed humor never worked for us – evidenced by the failure of some jokes that veer more towards the “cringe” than others thing (not as much as Thor: Love and Thunder, but still). Bacon’s self-mockery, or Drax and Mantis’s discovery of Earth festivals, will give us smiles but clearly not the outright laughter James Gunn desires; the effects of assemblies support well where one is supposed to be in tears, hilarious. What does not happen. A Marvel that wants to be funny and that does not make people laugh, at the limit, it is not the first time, and we have rarely been disgusted with the finished product – with the exception of Love and Thunder… Basically, the real problem is that we don’t really see what it says about our characters. It’s a bonus: but suddenly, what for? So it’s not ugly – and frankly, it could have, given how the director shot it between two sequences of the third film on the fly –, it looks very good and easy, but coming from Gunn, hard not to be a tad disappointed. November 2022 on Disney+.
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