Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Critic Consensus: A sort of Avengers for the elementary school set, Rise of the Guardians is wonderfully animated and briskly paced, but it's only so-so in the storytelling department.
|Rating:||PG (for thematic elements and some mildly scary action)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family|
|Directed By:||Peter Ramsey, William Joyce, Peter A. Ramsey|
|Written By:||David Lindsay-Abaire|
|In Theaters:||Nov 21, 2012 Wide|
|On DVD:||Mar 12, 2013|
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Critic Reviews for Rise of the Guardians
Just interesting and colorful enough to hold a child's attention for 90 minutes but a thundering bore for anyone that's been around the cinematic block.
The film has a square-jawed elegance that occasionally hits a note of grandeur when it's not just being silly.
Energetic animation and a handful of amusing character touches help, but they can't compensate for the paper-thin story and muddled messages.
A beautiful fantasy adventure that might change a few minds about the power and importance of these childhood fantasy characters.
Audience Reviews for Rise of the Guardians
When this first came out in theaters I skipped it as it didn't look as if it were my cup of tea: the animation was wrong, the concept stilted, I simply wasn't buying it. I hate it when I'm wrong. Beginning with the opening shots of Jack Frost zinging around a pond somewhere, freezing it over, this is simply an entrancing film, DESTINED TO BE A CLASSIC, hitting all the marks for truly enveloping a child's fantasy world while simultaneously reminding adults of that very same. The voice acting too is inspired. A not-to-be-missed tale of the power of dreams.
Beautifully animated adventure aiming more for a younger audience than some other genre films. On the other hand there are plenty of pretty frightening scenes for the little ones. The beautiful worlds, lovable characters and fast-paced action scenes should make for a real favorite among the target audience's films.
Although the animation was good and the story was certainly out of the box, I found its portrayals of beloved figures rather disconcerting. Who can warm up to a grumpy Russian Santa Claus who beats up the competition? Or a nasty, iconoclastic Easter bunny? It's just not a "fun" holiday film in my eyes, and seems to try too hard at being edgy.
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