Impressive cast, but I didn't expect much, not with the trailer featuring all those gnome like elves running around looking very commercial. And never having read "The Guardians Of Childhood" series by William Joyce, the books from which this latest DreamWorks feature is based - the whole concept seemed cutesy at best.
Boy was I wrong! "Rise of the Guardians" is absolutely engaging, interesting, spiritual, mature yet child-like and exquisitely beautiful. The film deals with concepts of finding one's center; the insidiousness of fear and the higher consciousness and knowledge that each one of us possesses the power to bring light into the world and defeat the evil grip of dark thoughts. At the same time, the movie is never preachy, or esoteric, it's completely kid friendly and there's plenty of action and humor for all!
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