Movie Review: Rise Of The Guardians

With The Voices Of: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Hugh Jackman, and Isla Fisher

Written By: David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed By: Peter Ramsey

This was actually my second viewing of the film. I saw this film last year in theatres and loved it. I think it is a criminally underrated gem. It made only 103M domestically, with another 203M in foreign territories. For me, it is a new holiday classic, which explains why I watched it again this year, and why I’m reviewing the film now.

Jack Frost (Pine) has no memory of who he was before he was Jack Frost. He just knows that he brings winter to the world, and with that he brings fun to children. But he’s under appreciated. Most people don’t even know who Jack Frost is, and kids don’t talk of him like they do Santa or the Easter Bunny. All that is about to change, when Jack is drafted to be a guardian alongside Santa (Baldwin), the Bunny (Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Fisher), and Sandman (a silent character voiced by no one). Jack has been chosen to defend against the Boogeyman (Law) who is preparing to take over the world by introducing nightmares to children, and making sure that no one believes in the Guardians. If no one believes in them, they lose their powers and cease to exist. Jack at first is a reluctant anti-hero, but he becomes the core foundation of the group, and he learns what he really brings to the table, and that he truly is a guardian after all.

The voice cast here is exceptional. I remember the first time I saw it, not knowing who was voicing who. Baldwin does a great job disguising his voice, and Pine sounds more like John Cusack than himself. They are big stars, but they never let their off-screen personalities interfere with the characters on screen. Not once did I imagine the star voicing the character as the actual character, which is a good thing because I don’t think Baldwin would make a good Santa.

This film has a whole lot of heart, and a good strong message at the core. It also is a film for other holidays, as the Easter Bunny is represented just as heavily as Santa. This was my favorite animated film of 2012, and a film I have a feeling a lot of you missed out on. Catch it now, buy it for your family. You won’t be disappointed. This film has the ability to make you feel like a kid again, which is something a lot of us are looking for around the holidays.

FINAL GRADE: A

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