It’s Christmas themed, and they’re practically superheroes – perfect!
Rise of the Guardians is the latest film from Dreamworks which was released last weekend. It’s about a young boy by the name of Jack Frost (Chris Pine) who is called upon by childhood heroes Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), The Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and The Sandman to become a Guardian and protect the children of the world from Pitch Black (Jude Law), the creator of nightmares. Reluctantly Jack Frost agrees to help, but at the same time he is dealing with the fact that he doesn’t know where he comes from and that nobody believes in him.
Although the film contains some well known characters, they’ve all been given an edge. Santa Claus is no longer a jolly, round-bellied fellow and is now a Russian bodyguard called North who has ‘Naughty’ and ‘Nice’ tattooed on his arms; The Easter Bunny, or ‘Bunnymund’, has become an Australian action hero and a far cry from fluffy; The Tooth Fairy, or ‘Tooth’, is more of an ethereal, bird-like creature, and The Sandman may be gentle and quiet, but when it comes to the crunch he can conjure up weapons from sand.
Visually the effects are really quite beautiful, with sweeping shots and rich colours, and in 3D it completely engrosses you in the action. Also, Jude Law stands out as the villain Pitch, and there were some moments where even I found him a tad scary. However, what it has in effects, it lacks in story: some parts of the plot weren’t explained fully and there were other parts that were unnecessary, but that’s just me being a boring adult!
Overall it’s a really enjoyable film for both children and adults, and it does have a very positive message (everyone loves a positive message, right?). So if you’re looking for a bit of Christmas heroism, Rise of the Guardians is a must-see.