Film Review: Rise of the Guardians
A film where Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman are all fighting to make sure kids believe? Well, I’ve seen crazier film ideas. Since it’s now the season to be jolly, I thought I’d indulge myself in a bit of a Christmas-y film. I didn’t realise this was supposed to be more of an Easter-y film, however with the amount of snow and the presence of Santa Claus, I think this can equally be considered a movie based around the jolly man himself. Still, with so many legendary figures in one film, how on Earth does the protagonist Jack Frost fit in it? Well if you’ve not seen this title, read on!
Children everywhere believe in the four guardians of childhood, powerful entities who make children believe. They give children hope, even if it’s for the goods they get in exchange for something happening. The guardians consist of North (Santa Claus), Bunnymund (the Easter Bunny), Tooth (the Tooth Fairy) and Sandy (the Sandman). Appointed by the Man in the Moon, the Guardians keep belief up by pleasing children, which in turn grants them the power of the childrens belief. However, the Man in the Moon has suddenly dictated that there is to be a fifth guardian for the first time…
Jack Frost is a playful spirit, who no child can see. No one knows his name, but he’s always looking to play and have a good time. He causes the world to frost up, making it slippy and slide-y! As fun as his intentions are, no one knows his name. He’s forced to join up with the Guardians to stop an imposing threat in the rise of the Pitch Black (The Boogeyman). With Jack Frost on the same side as the Guardians, how will they combat Pitch’s plans to stop all belief in the guardians?
In a word, the animation of Rise of the Guardians is beautiful. The characters are relatively simplistic, but the style suits the story really well. There’s a lot of visual joy in watching Jack as he goes about making the ground slippery for the kids. The design of the primary group of kids is really fun as well. The sinister Pitch Black is also well thought out, but the best animation by far goes to that silly biped Easter Bunny. From the boomerang that he throws, down to the perfection of the “lip syncing”.
Still, the main bit of praise I’d give the film is the fact it manages to keep up a fantasy adventure, all whilst giving us a very innocent film. Refreshing having no actual bloodshed in a film! There’s even some fun combat to be had.
If you’re looking for something really deep, this isn’t the film for you. With inspiration taken from the short film of The Man in the Moon and the stories of Guardians of Childhood, there was a lot to work with. With all the source material to work with, what they produced works incredibly well and is ultimately good family fun. With some mild threat posed by the Boogeyman, the adventurous nature of the film makes you want to watch it more. It’s deeply compelling, with a good splashing of humour to boot. Ultimately, if you’re looking for something light-hearted to watch and haven’t seen it before, I implore you to go and check out Rise of the Guardians. It’s thoroughly entertaining and well thought out. Also Australian Easter Bunny is the best. Now it’s over to you – Have you seen Rise of the Guardians? What do you think of the primary protagonist and his supporting crew? As always, leave a comment below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.
P.S: Santa is Russian. He’s super cool.