I Watched… (#13)

9 Apr

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Rise of the Guardians (2012)

First off, I am a huge fan of animated films so I was quite eager to see the latest film from the DreamWorks library, Rise of the Guardians. With an all-star cast including Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher and Hugh Jackman; I was expecting a festively themed classic from the studio that brought us Shrek, Madagascar, Kung-Fu Panda and the wonderful How To Train Your Dragon.

The story revolves around the teenage, hoody-wearing Jack Frost (Pine) who is tasked with becoming a Guardian and helping to save the world from the evil Pitch Black (Law). He has to team up with the other Guardians: Russian Santa Clause, North (Baldwin), the Tooth Fairy (Fisher), the mute Sandman and the Australian Easter Bunny (Jackman). The children of the world and their belief in the Guardians are the battleground and it is up to Jack Frost to step up and be a hero.

The story is a fairly interesting concept but it is still predictable and generic in too many ways unfortunately. The characters are fun, particularly the Russian Father Christmas, who gets the best lines and the crazy Easter Bunny from down under, mate. They should really call themselves the festive Avengers.

The animation is stunning as expected but perhaps overshadows the film itself. A British villain, this time it’s Jude Law’s turn in the shadows, is another concept that is getting rather tired and overused; a while ago it would have been the Russian-accented Alec Baldwin as the villain, how times change.

I was quite disappointed by the time the credits rolled. The film seems to be missing that little bit of magic or spark that would have made this a festive classic instead of a film where the visuals are the most memorable aspect. It is funny and enjoyable but a disappointing result from a strong premise.

7/10

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