Movie Review: Rise of the Guardians rises to the occasion

November 26th, 2012 at 12:14 pm by under THRS Movie Reviews

Click HERE to watch the trailer for Rise of the Guardians!

Rise of the Guardians Poster

Humor me with this one-sentence plot summary:  Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, and the Tooth Fairy are teaming up to battle the Boogie Man named Pitch Black.   No, seriously.  That’s the plot and it works!And soon the Man in the Moon sends them help.  They have their doubts when a new Guardian is sent to join the fight, but they aren’t the only ones.  This would-be helper has his own doubts from the beginning.Jack Frost (Chris Pine) is that help and he has struggled with the fact that he is not being recognized by the kids of the world.  He brings winter fun and mischief to all and yet, no child seems to even know his name.

When he realizes he has to work with the Guardians to battle Pitch, he is all in.  One by one Pitch (Jude Law) takes on teh Guardians — trying to reverse the effects of the Guardians on the children who adore them.   For example, he runs wild replacing teeth the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) previously replaced with money, so that when the kids awaken they find the teeth still there, thus they stop believing in her.  Or this example: when the eggs don’t show up on Easter Sunday, The Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) is called into question.   Imagine the catastrophe if the kids stopped believing in Santa!   In this film he is known as North (Alec Baldwin) and that could be reality if they don’t stop Pitch.

When the children stop believing, fear takes over, and the very existence of the Guardians is in jeopardy  So the Guardians must work as one to fight fear and make sure children don’t stop believing.

Rise of the Guardians is written by  David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the book series by William Joyce.  I have not read the books, but I plan on it.  The idea that this group of childhood favorites are out there guarding childhood ala The Avengers makes me smile.

The DreamWorks/Paramount film is directed by Peter Ramsey.  It is very well-done!  The use of 3-D is fun and the colorful visuals are fun to watch.  The action sequences are fantastic and completely believable.

So, do the Guardians win?  Can the Boogie Man be beaten?  Should we believe?  Questions you have to answer for yourself when you see it!

Rise of the Guardians is a fun and enjoyable ride with a lesson for all ages.  This magical movie delivers in every way.   Parents of young children be cautioned… Scary situations may follow you home.

FOUR OUT OF FIVE COOKIES

Rated PG for thematic elements and mildly scary action.

Watch my full review online at thehamptonroadsshow.com.

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