A movie about a group of mythological beings, called the Guardians, consisting of Santa Clause, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, and Sandman rising up to defeat the Boogieman. Apparently, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day were out of the question for the release date. Instead, we get it on Thanksgiving Day. No matter. At least we’re getting Rise of the Guardians. While it relies more heavily on childish content to amuse audiences than better animated outings this year such as Paranorman and even Wreck-it Ralph, it still achieves the goal of dazzling them with beautiful visuals and art design.
Newcomer Peter Ramsey directs this film, which is based on a popular series of books called The Guardians of Childhood by William Joyce, and does a great job. The animation is crisp and the visuals are phenomenal. The cinematography, done by Roger Deakins, cinematographer of my favorite film of the year, Skyfall, is absolutely gorgeous. The Boogieman, or Pitch Black, is a deliciously appealing character whose presence is accompanied with frightening appeal and incomparable beauty. Chris Pine does a great job in the film as Jack Frost, the newest member that is chosen by The Man in the Moon to defend the children of the world as a Guardian. Alec Baldwin voices the rough and tough Santa Clause we’re not used to seeing with skill only he possesses and fits his voice perfectly for the character. Hugh Jackman voices the Easter Bunny, offering the comic relief of the film, which is mostly serious, surprisingly, and Isla Fisher voices Tooth Fairy. Pitch Black, a great villain, is voiced impeccably by Jude Law, creating an animated embodiment of the villain Loki from Thor and The Avengers. Along the lines of The Avengers, it is possible to call this a kind of Avengers for little kids. Even though many young children have seen The Avengers, it is still a correct theory, given the assembling of the many childhood characters and heroes.
In the end, I would say that Rise of the Guardians, while not as defining as previous DreamWorks Animation films such as Shrek and How To Train Your Dragon, and despite a rocky opening that sometimes feels too rushed and cheesey, still turns out to be a great family film that will entertain audiences of all ages.
Run Time: 89 mins
Rated: PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action
Starring: Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, and Alec Baldwin
Written by: David Lindsay- Abaire
Directed by: Peter Ramsey