Film review: Rise of the Guardians

JPTG-30-11-12-006 Rise-of-the-Guardians

JPTG-30-11-12-006 Rise-of-the-Guardians

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Children’s favourites are all together in this DreamWorks animation, a film with just a tinge of Christmas.

Plenty of action, a heart-warming plot and loveable characters all combine to make this a feel-good film.

Undated Film Still Handout from Rise Of The Guardians. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Undated Film Still Handout from Rise Of The Guardians. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

The story follows Jack Frost as he tries to find out who he is and why he has been chosen as the latest Guardian, a team of magical characters who are tasked with fighting the terrifying Boogeyman Pitch Black.

Jack joins Santa Claus, the Sand Man, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy as they try to stop Pitch destroying children’s beliefs in each of them.

The battle scenes are action-packed, which is balanced by the story of Jack. He learns that his childhood memories are stored in the teeth collected by the Tooth Fairy, which have all been stolen by Pitch. As he tries to get them back, he compromises his role as a Guardian.

One of the great things about this film is that it has that festive feel without being over the top.

The portrayal of each of the characters is fun, with the sweet-sounding Easter Bunny standing six feet tall with muscles Arnie would envy. But it’s not just the main characters which shine in this film - the Elves and Yetis have their moments, too.

Rise of the Guardians could have been a complicated mish-mash touching on everything from Christmas to Easter, but in fact it’s a great watch.

Highly recommended.

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