Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians

Starring: Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Jude Law

Director: Peter Ramsey

Rating: 4/5

2012 has been a great year for animation movies so far and that tradition continues this week with Rise of the Guardians which, I have to say, is an incredibly charming movie from start to finish.

Rise of the Guardians is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost - legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities.

When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.

Rise of the Guardians is a movie for all the family and it really will bring out the child in everyone, no matter how old you are.

We all remember what were believed in and were afraid of as a child and those hopes and feeling are well and truly brought to life in this movie.

This is a film that is packed with action, excitement and laughs as these five larger than life characters really do steal the show. .

Ramsey has delivered these mythical beings like we have never seen them before; Santa is depicted almost as a pirate who is tattooed and waving swords around while the Easter Bunny is an action hero.

The Sandman may bring children good dreams but he is a force to be reckoned with in battle while the Tooth Fairy is as tough as she is kind. As for Jack Frost he is a boy who just wants to be seen.

There are also some great vocal performances - Alec Baldwin is a particular standout as he gives Santa a somewhat interesting accent. Hugh Jackman’s Aussie accent is unmistakable and he is clearly having a ball with this role while Jude Law makes the perfect villain.

While Rise of the Guardians is about good vs. evil and protecting children from harm it is also a film about Jack finding his place in the world and discovering who he really is.

While this is a mythical story it does deal with some very real issues such as loneliness and acceptance and everyone can relate to Jack’s unhappiness.

As well as a great story and fascinating characters the movie just looks fantastic and the animation is simply beautiful.

Pixar has long since dominated the animation genre but in the last could of years Dreamworks really have been closing the gap and with this movie they have proved that they to can create movies that are just as magical and entertaining.

And magical this movie really as it sweeps you away and takes you on one hell of an exciting ride; the movie will capture the animation of children while allowing adults to reconnect with their inner kid.

Rise of the Guardians is a movie that is a lot of fun from start to finish - not to mention it brings back a whole host of memories from your childhood - only a hart-hearted grump could have any objections to this film.

Rise of the Guardians is out now

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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