Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Throughout the many cultures on Earth, we have all created entities and creatures to represent certain holidays and seasonal phenomenons. When Santa aka North (Alec Baldwin) has a vision that the long feared boogeyman Pitch (Jude Law) has returned 3 days before Easter, he summons the other 3 members of the “Guardians” for help; the gritty Aussie Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the perky, peppy Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the mute, gentle Sandman. The most important thing to a Guardian is for the children to believe in them which keeps the fear away, but now that Pitch is back, that hope is in question. The Man-in-the-Moon is the guiding light of the group and he gives them a sign that a new guardian needs to be recruited, Jack Frost (Chris Pine), but the group is unsure of his ability to help. As Pitch goes around the globe turning dreams into nightmares, kidnapping the tooth collectors and crushing the eggs before Easter, North armed with his swords, Bunny armed with his boomerangs, Sandman armed with his whips, Tooth armed with his fairies, and Jack armed with his cane set off to recapture the hopes and dreams of children everywhere.
Beautifully animated, The Rise of the Guardians is a warm, special, and heart-felt holiday movie for the whole family. I could pretty much apply the review for Wreck-it Ralph to the Rise of the Guardians except for the video game tie-in. With the group of Guardians acting like a kind of “Avengers” for kids, the movie has plenty of comedy, action and emotional moments that will please both young and old. In fact, there are 2 very distinct scenes that will have your sides splitting with laughter that I didn’t expect. The way that the creatures have their own distinct personalities and weapons reminds me a lot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but much cuter. The only negative thing that can be said for the Guardians is the predictable story line which may be the same old formula, the characters plugged into the roles make us not care one bit. My favorite character is Hugh Jackman’s Easter Bunny and for good reason since he is a sarcastic and grumpy, yet sweet. Which character is your favorite?
9/10 Stars – Fun and Funny, Rise of the Guardians is a unique holiday family movie.
Rise of the Guardians is a playful and fun movie with a moral to the story to boot! Perfect for the whole family, kids and parents alike, this movie has top-notch animation, great voices, a heart warming story, relatable characters – cause who doesn’t relate to Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny – and plenty of laughs. I don’t think there is anything really bad about this one. Sure its predictable but there are few animated kid films these days that aren’t predictable. And its only predictable to us adults. The kids won’t see what is coming and will enjoy every minute of it. It is all their favorite characters come to life and would be great for a little one who is doubting the existence of Santa or the Tooth Fairy.
9/10 Stars – Loved it! The perfect movie to enjoy as a family especially during the holidays….yes multiple holidays because it covers them all!
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