Rise of the Guardians – Movie review by Jonathon Natsis

Rise Of The Guardians
by Jonathon Natsis | November 26, 2012 12:54 | Edited November 26, 2012 12:55

Year:2012Rating:PGDirector:Peter RamseyCast:Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Chris PineRelease Date:December 13, 2012 Distributor:ParamountRunning time:97 minutesFilm Worth:$13.00FILMINK rates movies out of $20 – the score indicates the amount we believe a ticket to the movie to be worth
An overly familiar but enjoyable family flick that largely benefits from its stellar voice cast and visuals.

It comes around like clockwork every year, and 2012 is no exception. As the holiday season draws nearer, so too does the avalanche of Christmas films for the kiddies.

Leading the charge this year is Rise Of The Guardians, a film that ambitiously teams up Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), the Sandman (Tom Kenny) and Jack Frost (Chris Pine) in their fight to banish the Boogeyman (Jude Law) from the nightmares of children the world over.

The A-list voice acting is commendable. The entire cast clearly has fun hamming up their performance, none more so than Baldwin as a re-imagined, tough-as-nails Saint Nick. The film is visually breathtaking, making superb use of 3D and deftly showcasing just how immersive the medium can be when applied properly.

Plot-wise, it’s certainly all been seen before. The concept of a reluctant hero has been done to death, particularly in this genre, but Frost is infused with a stubborn cynicism that at least gives his character a touch more depth than expected. The film tailors itself for all ages with an inherently non-threatening baddie, with just the right amount of villainy to ensure the target audience will dislike, but not lose any sleep over him…quite literally.

With Rise Of The Guardians, DreamWorks has again stumbled in its punch-for-punch battle with rival Pixar, delivering a film devoid of the alluring enchantment of its primetime opponent, but one that furthers the company’s niche of providing a forgettable but passable piece of family entertainment.

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