Saturday, November 16, 2013

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Cast: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fischer, and Hugh Jackman

Director: Peter Ramsey

Synopsis: Chris Pine stars in this lively animated tale based off the book The Guardians of Childhood by William Joyce. In this adaptation, Jack Frost joins Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, the Sandman, and the tooth fairy to defeat the bogeyman that threatens to destroy the imagination of children everywhere. Along the way, Jack questions his identity and finds his purpose as a guardian of children.

Reviewer’s Rating: 3/5 reels


Peter Ramsey unites classic characters in this fun-filled movie. Jack, North, Tooth, Sandman, and Bunny bring to life the characters that have filled legends and stories for the past century.

This film was a great family movie that kept you entertained while maintaining clean humor and fun plot twists. Ramsey did an excellent job of including one-liners that kept the adult audience laughing, but at their wittiness instead of their crudeness that is often found in other movies.

This all-star cast did an excellent job providing the voices for their characters. Although there were several points in the film where Alec Baldwin slipped out of his Russian accent for the voice of “North,” I think it may be in part to the writing of the script itself and not the fault of the actor. The accented voice of Hugh Jackman also adds a great element to the character of “Bunny” who is often referred to as a kangaroo because of his Austalian accent.

Although the film had it’s great moments, the majority of the time the plot was predictable and the script was dry. There were few moments in the storyline that you weren’t expecting as you followed the arch. I feel this is almost to be expected of a film geared toward children, but nonetheless I was left disappointed. The script writing also left something to be desired, several times I felt that the writers could have added powerful dialogue between the characters, but instead most of the film is single sentence replies.

Despite some of its shortcomings, Rise of the Guardians is a great family film that will put a smile on your face.

By Emily Johnson

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