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.
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Critic Reviews for Rise of the Guardians
Rise of the Guardians is harmless enough, and the lack of easy pop-culture jokes represents the post-Shrek direction of DreamWorks well enough. But this is the studio's least entertaining film.
The conceit has its charms but too much of this movie, directed by Peter Ramsey, is more clamorous than inspired, and little kids might find parts of it too scarily intense.
'Rise of the Guardians' is an effervescent dose of fantasia that's pretty hard to dislike. Unless, of course, you're a cynical grump.
The script seems to have been written by committee, with members lobbying for each major character, and the action, set in vast environments all over the map, spreads itself so thin that a surfeit of motion vitiates emotion.
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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