MOVIE REVIEW: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (2012)

Running time: 1 hour, 37 minutes
Cast: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law
Director: Peter Ramsey

Rise of the Guardians is a fun adventure movie, and it definitely has more personality than I anticipated. It’s a good movie for all ages, but I think adults and older children may enjoy it more.

Rise of the Guardians poster

The movie centers around the Guardians, who are a team of folklore heroes assigned to protect children across the world. Santa Claus (Baldwin) is the team leader and he works with the Tooth Fairy (Fisher), the Easter bunny (Jackman), and the Sandman (he does not have a voice, and he uses sand to communicate).

Trouble arises when the Bogeyman (Law) threatens to bring fear and darkness to the world’s children. The Guardians request the help of Jack Frost (Pine) but he is reluctant to join. Unlike the other Guardians, Jack is invisible to children because they do not believe in him. Throughout the movie all of the Guardians work together to defeat the Bogeyman, and Jack Frost tries to earn the belief and trust of the children that he’s trying to save.

I enjoyed the movie and the characters. Each character has a distinct personality and it’s fun to see them interact in each other’s worlds. There’s a scene where the characters go underground to help the Easter Bunny gather eggs, and they also help the Tooth Fairy collect teeth. Watching this movie will definitely make you feel like a kid again.

What made this movie feel magical is the special effects for the Sandman and Bogeyman. Sandman had beautiful gold sand that he used to help children sleep and he also used it as a weapon against the Bogeyman. In contrast, the Bogeyman had pitch black horses that he summoned to fight the Guardians. Speaking of weapons, the Easter Bunny has an Australian accent and he’s pretty good with a boomerang.

Guardians is fast-paced and only has a few lulls in it. I believe this is a true family movie, and not just a movie that only small kids will enjoy.

If you saw Rise of the Guardians, please let me know what you thought!

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