“We go by many names, and take many forms. We bring wonder and hope, we bring joy and dreams. We are the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy, we are the Easter Bunny, and Santa. And our powers are greater than you ever imagine…”
Look, in the sky! It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s Santa’s sleigh? The Easter Bunny, the Sandman (not of Spider-Man infamy), the Tooth Fairy a riding in Santa’s sleigh for the first time ever as these childhood legends come together in Rise of the Guardians. But do these characters that many know for have the right stuff save the day?
Rise of the Guardians is seen through the eyes of Jack Frost, a young spirited lad who enjoys making life fun for kids. As he’s enjoying his new found powers, the Boogie Man (also known as Pitch) is hatching a plan so devious that it requires Santa to call in his holiday buddies to help him save the children of the world.
Once the threat grows worse and worse, the Guardians look to the aid of the free spirited Frost, to help them stop Pitch. However, does Frost have what it takes to help the Guardians save the day?
I enjoyed the voice acting in this movie. I especially liked the dynamic between Hugh Jackman’s Easter Bunny & Chris Pine’s Jack Frost. Performances aside [they were great], their story dynamics allowed for new life to be put into these characters while staying true to what made them appealing in the first place.
The plot is ice solid as it combines aspects of the legends that we know and applies them to a story feels like a melding of Kingdom Hearts meets Lord of the Rings meets The Avengers in rich holiday sauce. Despite the unique story backed with stellar voice acting, some of the jokes fall a bit flat, which take away from some of the greatness of the movie.
The animation is among the best I’ve seen this year. The character design is crisp and has a Kingdom Hearts vibe to it. When you take in consideration the story arc, it really makes the comparison just a little bit deeper. There are a couple of scary moments but nothing too extreme in this family friendly holiday smorgasboard.
Rise of the Guardians delivers a sleigh ride full of fun. Despite a few story slick spots, the premise with great voice acting makes for one of the most original movies. It’s an entrancing holiday film that the family can see during this time of year, as well as a great start to what could be an exciting and profitable movie franchise. B+
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