Rise of the Guardians: Movie Review
Rise of the Guardians
Written by: Olivia Fugate
As the holiday season approaches we will all start to see more Christmas movies appearing on television, more seasonal music on the radio, and of course the holiday aura that millions of people take on as they partake in the season of friendship and sharing. Rise of the Guardians is a film from DreamWorks animations, the creators of the successful and popular films How to Train Your Dragon and Shrek. This film follows the story of our beloved and well know childhood heroes; Santa Claus, The Sandman, The Easter Bunny, and The Tooth Fairy. These individuals have formed a group known as the Guardians, and function much like the Avengers or The Justice League.
Due to the fact that these characters are so well known the film focuses on the entry of a new personality. The film begins with a boy, a frozen lake, and the moon. The boy explains, his name is Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine)—he knows this because the moon told him so, but he knows nothing of how or why he is here. He quickly realizes that he has the power to create ice and snow and that nobody can see or hear him. The film skips into the future three-hundred years to Santa’s workshop and the older viewer quickly realizes that this film may not be as completely predictable as they had originally thought. Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin) is a tattooed man with a thick Russian accent and furry Russian cap atop his head surrounded by Yeti monsters making toys with elves the size of his shoes getting underfoot. Suddenly a horrifying monster called Pitch (Jude Law), or the Boogeyman, appears threatening to turn all the dreams of children into frightening nightmares.
Santa gathers his fellow Guardians together; Bunny (Hugh Jackman) a boomerang-wielding Hare with an Australian accent, Tooth (Isla Fisher) a hummingbird-fairy type mix, and Sandy a small, mute who communicates through floating sand pictures above his head. In order to stop Pitch the Guardians are going to need the help of an unwilling and still lost Jack Frost, to assist them before children stop believing in them, or magic forever.
Though the moral of the story can come off as heavy handed at times this movie is still bursting with life and a sense of uniqueness thanks to its memorable characters and gorgeous animation. This film has its humorous moments as well, this humor is the result of movie-related jokes that even young children will be able to grasp. However, it may be important to remember that this film is rated PG due to the fact that some of the darker fights with Pitch may be genuinely frightening for very young children. As with many Holiday movies the nice message of imagination and friendship is probably something that’s nice to be reminded of every once in a while, and if you’re looking for something enjoyable and kid-friendly I would definitely recommend seeing this movie with your family.