Hi guys! TheCanadianCat22 here with my review for Rise of the Guardians.
So, this story starts with the Guardians- a group of legendary heroes hailing from your childhood- yup, you guessed it! Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman are returning from fond memories of Christmas mornings and Easter egg hunts, but are coming back in a new style. Here, Santa (Or North, as he is known as in the movie) is brave and bold, and sports a thick Russian accent (Courtesy of Alec Baldwin), Naughty and Nice tattoos on his muscular arms, and wields swords against his opponents. The Easter Bunny's (AKA E. Easter Bunnymund, or Bunny) thick Australian accent (Thank you, Hugh Jackman!), boomerangs and egg bombs, and large size has earned him the nickname 'Easter Kangaroo', courtesy of Jack Frost. Then there's the silent Sandman who, despite his muteness, is very funny and, dare I say it, one of the best characters in the movie. Sanderson Mansnoozie, or Sandy, can make anything and everything out of his magical dream sand, and though he has a bad habit of falling asleep in the middle of the day, he wields his sand whips in battle and proves to be a deadly opponent. Toothiana ''Tooth'', or Tooth Fairy as you know her as (Voiced by Isla Fisher), is hyper and outgoing, and her beautiful multicolored feathers sure earned some awed gasps from moi. She has a strong love for teeth- which happen to hold memories of the children they belong to-, and her little Mini Teeth as I like to call them (Smaller more bird-like versions of herself) help her collect them. The humming bird-woman also seems to have taken a liking to Jack- or at least his snow white teeth. And, finally, Jack Frost (Voiced by Chris Pine. Familiar, fellow Trekkies? Dif-tor heh smusa!). You might know him from the song, but this movie turns some random guy ''nipping on your nose'' into a lonesome, brave, and mischievous white haired snow spirit who has the ability to control winter, and has stolen the hearts of many fangirls (Excluding me, I'm more of a Bunny fan.). See, Jack Frost has been alone for about 300 years, and yet he still doesn't know his purpose OR his past, his name being given to him by the ever-so-mysterious Man in the Moon (or Manny, as North calls him). Well, that's mostly what this movie is about. See, the Man in the Moon decides it's time for a new guardian- Jack Frost! Unfortunately, Jack doesn't want to be a Guardian- but suddenly he's thrown into this epic battle between Pitch Black (The Boogeyman, brought to you by Jude Law) and The Guardians. Add that and trying to find his center, Yetis making the toys instead of elves, Bunny turning into a cute little rabbit, Pitch's missing eyebrows, and you've got an epic movie.
See, ever since they started releasing the trailers for the movie, I'd been dying to see it. So when my class decided to visit the movie theater and watch it, I was ecstatic! I had high hopes for this movie, and it sure didn't disappoint (Though I'm a little embarrassed to watch it with my parents, truthfully). Pitch is an amazing villain, fueled by a motive for everybody to see him as more than a fairytale. I can definitely sympathize with him (Despite the fact that he SPOILER ALERT killed Sandy, even though the Sandman came back to life). Everybody associates fear with evil, but they don't realize that fear kept us from jumping off the garage roof when we were 7 just because of a dare, that fear keeps us from walking alone in dark alleys where a terrorist is waiting for our next victim, that fear is needed in the world! Unfortunately, Pitch has been through what Jack has been through, except way longer and way worse, so he decides to tip the balance. Who can blame him? Well, apparently the Guardians can, because they hop into action right away. It's obvious to tell Pitch and Sandy are deep enemies, and it appears Pitch even has a slight fear of the short man.
This film is jam-packed with a bunch of positive messages- find out what defines you, you're never alone, believe, face your fears, etc.
Your kids might find the movie a little sad, and there is some violence in the movie- but no blood or gore or anything like that. Pitch may seem a little overwhelming (And his nightmares, though cool, are kind of terrifying for young viewers), and young children might think that he's a bit scary, though not so much when they discover his missing eyebrows, heh heh.
Overall good movie, no language (Except 'bloody' used by the Australian rabbit *cough* kangaroo *cough*, though I can promise that if your child is at least over seven years old and goes to public school, they'll have heard it and probably worse.), no sexy stuff, not shoving merchandise down your throat... pretty epic. Oh, and ya gotta love Sophie, the little cutie of Jamie's (Jamie happens to be one of the Guardian's few believers) younger sister, and who idolizes Bunny.
That's all for now. TheCanadianCat22, out!