“Rise of the Guardians ” tells of a heroic animated adventure involving unlikely stars. The Guardians appear to be average characters most likely found in childhood dreams, but their inner potentials are unlocked once they join forces to protect children from an evil spirit that wishes to fill the world with darkness.
Alec Baldwin voices North, a less-than-stereotypical Santa Claus. Complete with a Russian accent and sleeve tattoos, this Santa Claus opposes the world’s image of him. He doesn’t seem to have a belly full of joy, and he comes across more like a grumpy old man.
Hugh Jackman, who may not be the ideal actor for a kid’s movie, voices the Easter Bunny and manages to pull it off. He’s six feet tall with an Irish accent and seems more comparable to a kangaroo. He brings an unusual sense of humor to the film, though, and is even portrayed as an adorable little bunny.
The best characters in the film are the Tooth Fairy and her cute “baby teeth,” the fairies that deliver the teeth every night. The Tooth Fairy appears like a cliché housemother and comes across annoying at times. Her babies never fail to be beautifully animated.
Chris Pine voices Jack Frost, another multidimensional character, who is the newest Guardian and isn’t sure whether to accept his responsibilities. He is obviously troubled by his past and isn’t sure why he was chosen to receive powers. He spends most of his days alone and neglected, wishing someone would believe in him.
The final character is Pitch Black, voiced by Jude Law, who is the stereotypical villain. He reeks of evil, but his motive is well known. The film is all about being recognized and receiving attention. Pitch, much like Jack Frost, feels silenced and believes the only way to receive attention is by invading children’s nightmares and making kids give up hope. Toward the end, his sensitive side is revealed and it’s easy to feel pity for him. However, he still manages to stay true to his evil roots.
The animation is incredible, but nothing else would be expected from Paramount and Dreamworks. Hair flows in the wind and colors are shown brighter than ever. The 3D is actually utilized as snow floats among the audience, giving chills to everyone watching.
It’s hard to say anything bad about this film, considering it’s meant for the average 5-year-old. This is a classic story of good versus evil. From a grown-up’s standpoint, this film is a waste of two hours. The storyline is cliché and the characters are annoying. Part way through the film, it’s easy to root for Pitch and hope the other characters die a gruesome death.
However, kids will be on the edge of their seats hoping Jack Frost will overcome his struggles and defeat Pitch. It seems like many kids may be scared of certain parts of the film, since darkness is an overarching theme, but overall anyone under the age of 12 should enjoy this film.
As much as “Rise of the Guardians” may not be enjoyable for the average adult, the film does evoke feelings, whether good or bad. The film accomplishes its mission to make the audience feel. A sense of anger is felt when Pitch turns enjoyable dreams into nightmares. A sense of hurt is felt when Jack is unsure if he’s meant to be a guardian. And finally, a sense of joy is felt when good ultimately overcomes evil.