Friday, August 9, 2013

Rise of the Guardians--on DVD and HBO

Critics have to watch and review every movie that is shown in theaters, even the kid ones. This can be difficult for an adult to have to sit through so many films (live action and animated) with their silly jokes and odd characters but once in a while an animated movie comes along that even the parents can enjoy. In the case of last year’s Rise of the Guardians. You know how there are certain films that when they open you want to see them but at the same time you do not want to pay the 10 or 20 dollars and gas money to see it? So you decide “I’ll wait till it comes out on DVD or cable” well I waited for this one and it was worth it.
This fun flick tells the ultimate story of good vs. evil! It is a story about a sprit named Jack Frost (yes the one that nips at your nose in the coldness of winter) voiced by Chris Pine. At the beginning Jack spends his time with kids as he makes the snow that allows them to get a day off from school. Back at The North Pole Santa Claus (voiced by Alec Baldwin) gets ready for Christmas and in other magical lands the Easter Bunny (voiced by Hugh Jackman) prepares for the coming holiday and the Tooth Fairy (voiced by Isla Fisher) sends her baby teeth fairies off to collect all the teeth from under each child’s pillow. Then everything changes when Pitch Dark (voiced by Jude Law) comes into the picture. Pitch is determined to destroy the Guardians and make all of the children of the earth afraid and to stop believing in them. He turns their sweat dreams that the sandman gives them every night into nightmares. It all falls into Jack’s hands to join the Guardians and defeat the mischievous Pitch.  Can Jack and the gang take on Pitch? Will he join them as a fellow guardian? Will the children believe in them again? Will Jack remember who he was?
I really liked the story and a week after watching am able to recall it to write about it. The animation is as good as any other film now and days, including the beautiful details of Jack’s frosted windows. The characters were funny, sweet (for the most part the Easter Bunny had some attitude) and loved their jobs. The Tooth Fairy was very colorful and lovely to look at. The characters was as different as the actors who voiced them and in the end I believed in each one. So if you missed this one in theaters check it out and I hope you enjoy Rise of the Guardians as much as I did.