Rise of the Guardians

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This Santa goes by the name “North.” And he’s sporting ink!

It’s funny that the evil character in this movie is named Pitch. I was thinking how the pitch to the studios to make this movie must’ve been easy. You take a children’s book, Guardians of Childhood (William Joyce), and make a movie that plays like The Avengers for kids – that adults will also enjoy. Instead of super heroes getting together to fight crime, it’s all the fairy tale characters, fighting the boogey man. He’s named Pitch and voiced perfectly by Jude Law, who I always thought had an evil sounding voice.

I watched it with two children, to get their perspectives as well. I was seconds away from asking them who Jack Frost was, since he was the only character I wasn’t very familiar with. It was at that point the movie reveals that to be one of the storylines – that nobody really knows Frost.

We know the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman, really working that Australian accent), and we all know Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin, doing an interesting Russian accent). I also got a chuckle out of those characters being called names like “Tooth” and “North” – as oppose to Saint Nick or Santa.

Chris Pine was the voice of Jack Frost, and I’m not sure who voiced the Sandman (Okay, that was a joke for those that saw the movie – he never talks).

Neither does the Man in the Moon, who the characters all refer to. Now, at that point in the movie, the 1st grader watching it with me started asking questions. It was then that I realized – the real young viewers of this movie (which is rated PG), probably won’t get many of the concepts. They’ll surely be dazzled by the fun visuals, which are stunning (and recommended to see in 3-D). I’m guessing the fast pacing will also keep them from ever being bored.

One of my complaints is that there just weren’t enough jokes for adults. The handful they had got me laughing out loud and some brought smiles to my face. The scene with the Tooth looking in Frost’s mouth and getting yelled at by North was great. I also really loved how Bunny was from Australia, and would thump his foot for a hole to appear for the country he needed to get to. It is strange that he is probably in it more than Santa, since this was released in December.

A critic would have to be a real Scrooge to diss this. It was pleasant enough, but I think it could’ve been better.

I’m giving it 2 ½ stars out of 5. The two kids that saw it with me (1st and 5th graders), both loved it and wanted to see it again. They’d give it 4 stars out of 5.