Rise of the Guardians

Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman team up to take on the nefarious Pitch who plans to bring darkness to the world.

Dreamworks may lack the consistency of Pixar, but this is far from a Christmas turkey.

Who are you, Jack Frost? What is your center?

The Guardians are tasked with the dreams of children everywhere, bringing joy to their world and hope to their futures.  Jack Frost, however, has lost his  way and finds himself searching for the truth to who and why he exists, whilst Pitch plans to steal hope from the world.

Dreamworks have put together an entertaining yarn, perfect family viewing and superbly acted – Chris Pine as Jack Frost, the youthful loner, is joined by Hugh Jackman as the aggressive Easter Bunny, the adorable Tooth Fairy portrayed by Isla Fisher, and a showstealing Alec Baldwin as North, the Santa Claus character.  Jude Law embues Pitch with the darkness that the character needs and it’s a fine, fine performance.

Can you hear me? Can you see me?

The idea that these characters only exist because children believe in them is a wonderful one – a message that does what films like this should do, fill us with hope and wonderment and remind us why we love films in the first place.

With Pitch’s control spreading, The Guardians shattered and children no longer believing, it’s up to the imagination and faith of one boy to believe, rally his friends and triumph.

Rise of the Guardians could have been a throw away exercise for Dreamworks – animations tend to always capture an audience.  This, however, is Dreamworks at its beautifully animated best.  David Lindsay-Abaire’s script (an adaptation of William Joyce’s book) brims with emotion without become cloying, and the realisation of Pitch is, at times, quite dark.

A marvellous film that will entertain film fans of all ages and should make its way onto everyone’s Christmas viewing list.