Review: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 5 (Out of 5 Reels)

I was excited to see this film because it is made by the same creative team as How to Train Your Dragon, a film I absolutely loved.  When the evil spirit Pitch (Jude Law) launches an assault on Earth, the immortal guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.  Jack Frost (Chris Pine) is the odd one out struggling to remember his childhood, figure out who he is and how he fits into the world.

For some reason, I found it difficult to make out who voiced the character of Pitch because at first I was convinced it was Rufus Sewell but alas it is Law which just shows how great he is at transforming his voice for a character and that I find outstanding.

This film is an absolute joy to watch from beginning to end and I found myself not wanting more which is something that doesn’t happen often.  The casting of voice actors in this film is perfect because I felt as if everything fit right into place.  Another surprising aspect to me is the character of the Sandman who doesn’t speak, refreshing; that allowed for several moments of comic relief throughout the film.  The guardians are strong willed characters and each are superbly written and developed.  The storyline is simple but strong because I truly cared about each of them as the film unfolded.  Let’s face it; characters (real or imagined) fighting to protect the children of the world tend to be liked.  I love it when attention to every detail is paid because it only adds to the overall effect of a film.  It reminded me of what I experienced while watching the Wallace & Gromit films.

This film is done in 3D which is usually unwarranted but here it works and I didn’t mind it at all.  This film is not to be missed and should be seen by children of all ages.  I will definitely see it again.

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