Review: Rise of the Guardians – Holiday heroes save the world
The heroes in Rise of the Guardians include the Sandman as a short & chubby dwarf looking character who communicates via emblems created out of his sleepy sand; Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), who is a surly swashbuckling German fellow with one arm tattooed with “Naughty” and the other with “Nice;” the Tooth-Fairy (Isla Fisher) as a weird hummingbird mutant creature; and the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) as a giant Australian rabbit with an attitude.
When North (Santa Claus) notices that the children of Earth are abandoning their belief in the good guardians, the “Fantastic Four” of fable enlists the help of Jack Frost (Chris Pine), who just might be a guardian as well, to go up against the Bogeyman (Jude Law) and prevent him from destroying the hopes and dreams of humanity. It’s a classic comic-book narrative that is delivered in a magnificent manner.
Each of the Guardians has their own unique powers and responsibilities and it’s up to Jack Frost to discover his if he is going to be able to save the world from Pitch (the Bogeyman), who has converted the Sandman’s good-natured fantasy sand-stream into a substance that triggers nightmarish visions.
The world of Rise of the Guardians is incredibly inventive and a lot of fun. My favorite moments took place in Santa’s workshop where the elves are more pesky than helpful and Yetis have been enlisted to build the toys. Santa’s electronic child-tracking interface and his sleigh were also awesomely cool, as was the not-so-jolly old guy himself.
Rise of the Guardians is an instant holiday classic that is bursting with adventure and humor and I could easily watch this film any time of the year (holiday or not.) It’s the perfect flick to get you into the holiday spirit. Grade: 8/10