DreamWorks Animation's 'Rise of the Guardians' is a sort of animated Avengers feature, where the creme de la creme of holiday heroes come together to save children from the Bogeyman. It's a movie that doesn't jingle all the way, but makes up for lack of heart with likeable characters and neat visuals.
What's it about?
Santa Claus or North (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the Sandman are jolted into action when the Pitch or the Bogeyman (Jude Law) sets in motion, plans to make children around the world fear him. The Guardians answer to the Man in the Moon, who tells them to seek the help of Jack Frost (Chris Pine), a fun-loving though frustrated legend. Jack desperately wants to be believed by children and when he realises that helping the Guardians could help him find out where he came from and his purpose on earth, he agrees to join their ranks to defeat Pitch.
The film starts off promisingly, but once the Guardians disappear down the rabbit hole, the movie doesn't quite resurface. We're thankfully spared staples like a love angle between the Tooth Fairy & Jack Frost and there are some neat fight sequences between Pitch and Jack. We do wish there'd have been more focus on why it was necessary to keep kids believing in things like Santa Claus, instead of Jack's hunt for his identity. Holiday releases are meant to make you feel warm and fuzzy for hours after. 'Rise of the Guardians' left us a little cold.
What to do?
That said, if you're looking for some festive cheer at the movies this weekend (of the non-shirt exploding variety), then 'Rise of the Guardians' is for you.
in.com rating: 2.5/5
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