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Monday, November 19, 2012

Movie Review: Rise of the Guardians (3D)

Posted by Irish in Movie Thoughts0 Comments

Title: Rise of the Guardians (Official site)
Tag Line: Legends Unite // When darkness falls, the Guardians will rise.

Release Date: 21 November 2012
Rating: PG
Runtime: 97 min
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Series or Standalone: Standalone 
Where Seen: Movie Theater (screening)

Production Company: DreamWorks Animation
Distributed By: Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Peter Ramsey
Writer(s): David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay)William Joyce (book)
Stars: Chris Pine (Jack Frost),  Hugh Jackman (Bunny)Alec Baldwin (North), Jude Law (Pitch), Isla Fisher (Tooth), and Dakota Goyo (Jaime Bennet)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This weekend I was lucky enjoy to win screening tickets to see Rise of the Guardians which is the newest release from DreamWorks Studios. This was a film that I was looking forward watching just based on a movie poster. I’m a sucker for stories based on fairy tales and legends so this one was right up my alley. 

The screening we saw was in 3D and it just really made this movie so much better. Everything really popped off the screen and the 3D effects just enhanced the stunning animation. This movie had some of the best animation that I’ve ever seen. All the snow glistened and you could see every hair and every grain of sand. Everything just had so much movement and seemed so life like.  This movie was a real treat for the eyes and is sure to thrill both adults and children.

But what makes this story is the plot. As with most movies it could have gone either way in terms of epicness and so I’m pleased to report just how amazing this movie was. There was a lot going on with this film and it was filled with so many layers that I’m sure repeated watchings will reveal more and more details. There is also plenty of meat to the plot to entertain and delight adults but also lots of silly details and actions that will please the littlest of viewers. The 4 year old that sat next to my friend I and I spent opening scene trying to “catch” the snowflakes. 

This is a movie that has something for everyone and adults, teens, and children will all be entertained. There are some violent scenes but nothing that hasn’t been seen before in an animated film. In fact there was actually laughter from some young kids during some of the scarier moments of the movie. And at the end of the audience everyone clapped and seemed really thrilled with the whole things. 

I also really enjoyed the voice performances of all the actors. Jude Law’s British accent was absolutely perfect for the villain Pitch. It was just the right amount of mellow smoothness that added just made Pitch a little more scary because it was so sophisticated  I loved that Santa was a sword wielding Russian and adored his crew of elves and yeti’s. Though the elves do remind me a lot of the minions from Despicable Me. Hugh Jackman as the Easter Bunny made that character fierce and a force to be reckoned with and it wasn’t like any Easter Bunny that I’ve ever seen. The best bits though with this character were towards the end. 

Chris Pine also does a good job as Jack Frost. There are times when he comes across as old but it is fitting with his character as Jack is a teen that has been around for hundreds of years. But despite being old in years he is young at heart and has several comedic lines that break the tension. The character of Sandy is silent but he really steals the show as do the elves and yeti’s and I hope that if there are future films in this series that they all get more screen time. 

I really enjoyed this movie and I love that its based on a series of picture and middle grade books. I know that after watching this movie I wanted to stay in the world and so am looking forward to tracking down the books to read. I think that parents can help bring reading into the home by bringing their kids to see and then buying them the books to get to know all of these characters better. This is a movie that I look forward to buying beause I really want to see it again and again. I highly recommend watching it in 3D in he movie theatre. The 3D was a wonderful experience and I can’t recommend this movie enough. Watch it. You will love it.