Genre: Animation, family, fantasy, comedy
Running Time: 97 minutes
Director: Peter Ramsey
Cast: Chris Pine (Jack Frost), Alec Baldwin (North), Hugh Jackman (Bunnymund), Isla Fisher (Tooth Fairy), Jude Law (Pitch)
Synopsis: “Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost and the Sandman band together to form a united front against the Bogeyman” (UIP).
Verdict: One of DreamWorks Animation’s most unoriginal ‘works’ but would definitely be a great entertainment for the kids in this era. Whilst the kids and chicks enjoy the cuteness of some of the characters and the kiddish jokes, the rest of their friends or family members may just have to find other things about the film to appreciate. Rise of the Guardians is basically a mash-up of Arthur’s Christmas, Monsters Inc., and the recent Marvel’s The Avengers, with great CG visuals and loads of epic battle scenes between The Avengers… urrrr, I mean The Guardians of Childhood (it’s supposedly based on this book) and Loki… sorry, I mean Pitch, the bad guy. However, it lacks of creative humour, emotional engagement, involving music, and the “magic” that most Disney animations have.
Second opinion: “Super nice film; got me tearing a little twice too!” (Iris Loong).
To watch in 3D? Hell yeah. Quite indepth 3D effects, this one.
Mid-credit scene: Stay for it if you liked the humour.
Rating: 2.5 / 5
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Poorly written villain: Pitch, the bad guy, manages to convince Jack Frost to give up his magical staff (this Guardian is created by the Man in the Moon to be useless without his staff, apparently). He takes it from him, breaks it in halves and then throws it back to him. Jack Frost, predictably, merges it back together and back in business, he goes.
The Man in the Moon? Basically the moon chooses the Guardians and gives them power. Why can it do that? Perhaps only the fans of William Joyce would know ’cause in this movie, that’s loosely based on his stuffs, does not explain it.
What’s the point of… the Guardians keeping themselves a myth and a legend when all their powers come from the kids who believe in them? Yes, maybe it’s necessary but then at the ending, they all reveal themselves to a bunch of kids.
Bad influence for kids! During the climax of the film, one of the kids threatens to not believe in Easter Bunny anymore if he does not get a sign that it exists. Being afraid of that, Jack Frost creates those signs for that kid and becomes visible along with the other mythical legends. And then, Jack Frost calls for the kids around the neighbourhood to come out of their homes in the middle of the night without notifying their parents.
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