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RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (2012)

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RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (2012)

Friday, 09 August 2013 12:00

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The Buzz:

        Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman all join forces to defeat the evil of the Boogey Man Pitch Black in this family high-fantasy/adventure film.

 

Life of the Party:

        I watched Rise of the Guardians expecting it to be one of those family films that is good for the kids, but has enough bawdy dirty jokes to entertain adults.

        It isn't.

        What it is, however, is an incredibly fun film that I think anyone of any age can enjoy. The humor is spot on and acceptable for all ages. The voice acting is superb. And animation is top notch (but what else do you expect from Dreamworks?). Overall I'd have to say that Rise of the Guardians is probably one of the most enjoyable films I've seen in some time.

        And as I mentioned earlier the voice acting is superb, which is hardly a surprise. Chris Pine, aka bad Captain Kirk (sorry, I'm just NOT a fan of the new movies...at all...) plays Jack Frost, the movie's main protagonist and narrator of sorts, and Alec Baldwin plays North (or Russian Santa Claus, who apparently spec'ed dual-wielding), and I must honestly say I did not recognize it was Baldwin until I read the IMDB info. And Hugh Jackman voices the Easter Bunny, in probably the only role I've seen of his where we hear his (what I assume) natural accent. But maybe my favorite voice actor in this film had to be Jude Law playing the Boogey Man, or Pitch (Pitch Black). To me this is the most interesting character in the film; he's been created to spread fear throughout the world, and does that job spectacularly well, until the one who created him decides to replace him with hope and joy (I won't spoil here just how this happens/who (apparently) the master of these characters is (no it's not Jesus)). And all he wants is to be believed in again, to have his existence acknowledged, and to do so he has to rid the world of our childhood beliefs. I for one find this concept interesting, and it makes for a very good villain in this film.


Probably my new favorite image of Santa...

        And really I have to give credit to the writers of this film. They made an interesting villain, and brought a lot of originality to such well known characters as Santa and the Easter Bunny to make the film engaging and immersive. And the story-telling draws you into this world of fantasy and wonder in such a way that even as a miserable 24-year-old I couldn't help but be amazed like I used to be as a young child going to see similar films with my parents.

        People who may follow my posts on this site (the literals ones of you at least) know that I tend to watch a LOT of violent, exploitative, and overall pretty damn adult films. So for me, Rise of the Guardians was an extremely enjoyable break from all that: a break from serious adult themes, a break from the latest Hollywood blockbuster, a break from all that it means in cinema to be an adult (I use that term quite loosely in my case...). All people, of all ages, should be able to sit down and enjoy Rise of the Guardians on any given day of the week.


The elves serve pretty much the same role as the yellow guys in Despicable Me

 

Potential Hangovers:

        Decidedly empty.

This film's version of Yoda (you'll see what I mean...)

The Vibe: Casual Gathering, Date Night, Solo Experience, Lazy Afternoon

        I watched this film alone on a lazy afternoon, and enjoyed myself immensely. However I also can see Rise of the Guardians fitting in easily with a group of friends, or perhaps a date-night movie with your significant other. It has the special power of being accessible and enjoyable (more than) enough to bring together all of your various types of friends, boys and girls alike, for a movie night that everyone can agree upon.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ The story

+ Old characters, but with a unique and interesting twist

+ Incredibly fun and engaging

+ Everyone, of every age, can enjoy it

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Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

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