Rise of the Guardians is a creative tale that ties in all of our childhood favorites; from The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), The Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) and even the Sandman (who doesn’t speak) . The story centers around Jack Frost (Chris Pine) who is named the new guardian and how he’s confronted with how he fits in in the world since no one really knows him.
Jude Law is the voice of Pitch who essentially is what we all know as “The Boogeyman”. Pitch has planned to take over the world and The Guardians are called to duty. The Guardians are warned by the Man on the Moon, but slowly Pitch starts turning all the kids into non-believers of each of the holidays and traditions, and The Guardians talents and beliefs are threatened. We enter the worlds of The Tooth Fairy and her hummingbird-like helpers and even see the factory-like outdoors of what it takes to make Easter happen. Through each of these worlds, all the Guardians are starting to come together with help from some of the children to try and save the rest of the children of the world from Pitch.
Director, Peter Ramsey, put together wonderful characters and the rivalry between Bunny and Jack Frost is fun to watch the entire film. The creativity in each world of the characters is also fun to see and be a part of; whether it’s seeing Santa in his factory or watching The Sandman spray his golden “dream spray” everywhere. Watching it in 3-D really throws you into either the floating snow, glowing sand or even on Santa’s crazy, wild sleigh ride. The kids around me in the theater seemed to love it and were cheering loudly.
Some of the scene stealers behind the main cast are the elves/Santa’s helpers who are hilarious and also the Yeti-like helpers that are also helping Santa. Whether it’s just one-liners from the Yetis or the Elves giving each other a hard time, they are both a lot of fun to watch. I think families will really enjoy this film over the holidays.
3 out of 4 stars.
In theaters November 21st, watch the trailer here.