Rise of the Guardians review

Peter Ramsey
Chris Pine
Alec Baldwin
Jude Law
Isla Fisher
Hugh Jackman
Rated: PG

I wonder what group of characters they’ll team up next.

“Rise of the Guardians” mainly follows the story of Jack Frost (Pine), who 300 years ago was chosen by the Man in the Moon to be the one who brings cold, ice and everything in between to the world. Fast forwarding to the present, Frost has no memory of his life before becoming a force of nature and feels like he is largely ignored by most of the world. This causes him to not exactly be much of a team player.

Frost is forced to work with others though when he is called upon to be a member of “the Guardians,” a crew consisting of the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy, Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. The group is brought together because the Boogeyman, named Pitch Black (Law), is threatening them and the children of the world. Because of this, the five have to go after Pitch, however Frost still feels a bit out of place which causes some mishaps.

“Guardians” turned out to be a very enjoyable, fun ride of a movie. Jack Frost’s story is interesting enough on its own, having a very complete and well paced arc. What strengthens the film’s story even more is how he team’s up with the rest of the guardians and together they have to bring down the villain. Speaking of which, the villain’s evil plot, for an animated film, is actually really good.

The characters are very likable in the flick. It was interesting to see the new direction that they were all brought to in their own mythologies, made even better by the voice acting. Each voice provided feels like the actors and actresses really bought into their characters and bring a level of chemistry with each other which really makes the film easier to get into and attached to. Jude Law is good as the villain also, lending a very menacing voice. The character Pitch is a really good villain too, Dreamworks seems to get villains right often, with villains like Pitch here and Lord Shen in “Kung Fu Panda 2.”

Visually, the film is stunning. There is so much going on, even in the background, it was easy to see that the animators put in a huge amount of effort. Every scene has so much going on and things move so fast that the film is almost worth two watches just to see everything that is displayed on screen. More so, the film has some great action scenes that are very engaging.

“Rise of the Guardians” really succeeds on a lot of levels. The animation is really beautiful, the action is great to watch and the characters are interesting and have a lot of chemistry with each other. Most importantly, despite not being an actual specific holiday movie, there is a lot of imagination put in here. My only gripe with the film is that it was a bit lacking on the comedy. However it makes up for it in other facets. Solid 4 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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