Rise of the Guardians Review

I’ve seen the trailer to Rise of the Guardians a few times before the film. It’s a different take on fairy tales which isn’t new, many have tried this idea and failed but how will Dreamworks fair? Let’s find out!

The Plot

Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world

The Verdict

Let’s start of with first impressions. 5 minutes into he film and I was already impressed with the 3-D. It’s probably of the same standard as ‘Despicable Me’ probably because it’s from the same studio and that’s great because I’ve become a little irritated with the whole post processed 3-D that’s been going on.

Ok story wise I’d say it’s something different. We’re all familiar with these fairy tales, the likes of Santa Clause, Jack Frost, the Tooth Fairy, Mr Sandman and the Easter Bunny. What this film does is it make’s them serious. Actually you can think of this film as a more kid friendly version of The Avengers.

If you ask me, this film takes fairy tales and imagination to a whole new dimension and while the ideas may not be original, the concept certainly is. It’s great and different especially in the lead up to the festive season themed movies and I think it’s a film that adults can appreciate because we’re so used to the old school fairy tales. For kids?….well perhaps you should tell them the old fairy tale stories first before you hit them with this modernized version. Don’t want them to get confused or worse, one day tell their own kids the wrong version of the fairy tale. Haha!

Jokes aside, this film has got good moral values, visual effects and a story that will keep you interested right up till the very end.

I have to say that I went into this screening without reading up on the plot, voice cast or even early reviews. I wanted to keep and open mind and be surprised. Actually I was more than surprised especially with the voice cast. It’s a great cast!! Ok I found that the voice of Jack Frost was familiar and it turned out to be none other than Chris Pine….ok good casting there. Isla Fisher voices the Tooth Fairy which is a nice touch. But the 2 biggest surprises of all were Alec Baldwin as a Russian Santa Clause! The old man has still got it and Hugh Jackman as the Easter kangaroo….I mean bunny. Haha!

Jackman uses his Aussie accent in this film, his natural one I might add….must have been such a relief for him not having to put on a fake accent. Funny enough, I don’t think many people have heard his Aussie accent enough to be aware that it was Jackman till the credits rolled.

Then there’s Jude Law who voiced Pitch aka The Boogey man! It’s the English accent…nuff said!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Avengers for kids and post Avengers cure for adults

By Elliott Danker

Rise of the Guardians opens in cinemas 22 Nov

Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

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