THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY HOLIDAY SPECIAL REVIEW
Just in time for the holidays, Marvel/DC golden boy James Gunn has gifted us The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special now streaming on Disney+. It’s a loving nod to the corny TV specials of old; including the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special, which will definitely NOT be streaming on Disney+ any time soon. The holidays are rough for Star Lord Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) – being kidnapped from Earth by non-Christmas celebrating space pirates will do that to you – so the Guardians decide to cheer Peter up by bringing Christmas to him. All Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) have to do is go to Earth, pick up some decorations, and find the ultimate Christmas present: Earth’s mightiest hero, Kevin Bacon. What could possibly go wrong? Gunn stuffs this stocking with animated sequences, musical numbers, celebrity cameos, goofy gags, and a sentimental story about the magic of Christmas. Our reviewers Sarah Jane, Jordan, Neil, and Marco discuss whether this is a new holiday classic or just another lump of IP driven coal.
DIRECTED BY: James Gunn
STARRING: Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond, Ken Bethea, Philip Peeples, Michael Rooker, Kevin Bacon, Maria Bakalova, Flula Borg
Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)
By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.
“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”
Sarah Jane (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Sarah Jane was born and raised in Southern California but currently calls Austin, TX her home. She’s seen over 5,700 movies so far with zero plans on stopping. She has a penchant for all things exploitation, and she loves Godzilla with all her heart. Her favorite films are Deep Red, Le Samourai, and Miller’s Crossing. When she isn’t watching movies, she’s busy herding her four cats, her husband, and her 11-year-old kiddo. She’s been a contributor to TalkFilmSociety, Daily Grindhouse, FThisMovie!, Looper, and the Austin Chronicle. You can find her on Twitter and Letterboxd at @fookthis.
Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)
Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.
Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)
I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.
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