Rise of the Guardians
- 1 hr 37 min
"Rise of the Guardians" is an animated 3D film from DreamWorks that chronicles the adventures of holiday-type characters as they face off against an evil opponent. Of course, the Guardians, who are made up of a cast of characters from children's lore including, are trying to stop Pitch (the boogeyman) from wreaking havoc on children throughout the world. The Guardians are a group of heroes from childhood lore including recognizable characters like Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny. Jack Frost is recruited by the more experienced members of the Guardians group to help keep Pitch and the darkness he plans to bring at bay. Each of the characters features an entertaining back story that may or may not bear a little resemblance to the legends many people are familiar with. Since Jack is pretty much a carefree spirit, he has a bit of trouble adjusting to his life being dedicated to a certain cause. As with any type of superhero group, the team has a certain amount of internal dysfunction. Of course, the members must learn to overcome their personal issues in order to become a cohesive unit. While some have an easier time than others, putting differences aside for the greater good becomes a central theme. Once those differences are set aside, the team focuses on grooming Jack and his ability to bring winter wherever he goes into becoming a major asset in the fight against Pitch. "Rise of the Guardians" is not a typical holiday movie with solely good cheer, because of the underlying action sequences and fight against evil. At its core, the film explores the ability of a group of exceptional people bonding together to combat evil. The team is anything but normal and explores some interesting takes on typical childhood myths, but the movie takes a few twists and turns few are expecting. The film uses the 3D animation to set a lush landscape where all the characters have a chance to flourish. In the end, the Guardians are fighting to protect the innocence of children, which is something more and more difficult to protect in modern times. While the movie has a few dark sequences with the bad character, it manages to stay bright and cheery. Of course, kids that are a touch older will have an easier time seeing different variations of characters that have been pigeon-holed into certain roles than younger children will.