Rise of the Guardians (2012)

PG   |    |  Animation, Action, Adventure


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When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.


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3 December 2012 | billygoat1071
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Rise of the Guardians has a lovely concept about these imaginary childhood legends. It tells a fascinating new mythology about them. It sets out to be highly imaginative and thoroughly heartfelt. With these people making this film, there is no surprise that they succeeded to execute those ambitions. Though, the storytelling is a bit messy with endless action set pieces. Despite of those flaws, it's still whimsically magical and heartwarming.

The story centers a childhood guardian, Jack Frost. Among the guardians, he's the least known and believed by the children. It's pretty interesting since most of us only know very little about him, we intend to intrigue about his story. When it goes to the famous legends, it gets bigger and quicker with plenty of humor. The film is also an action movie. The action scenes are amazingly done and eye candy, but they somehow get excessive causing a bit mess to the storyline. It's charming when they go to their relationship with the children, and it's appealing when it explores to their worlds.

The characters are wonderful enough. The voice performances are great. Chris Pine's performance is charming enough to keep Jack Frost pretty endearing. Alec Baldwin brings plenty of joy to his character. Hugh Jackman uses his Australian accent to the Easter Bunny which really fits to the character. The rest are expectedly delightful.

The visuals are undeniably astonishing. Every scene of the film is spectacular and beautiful to look at, making the experience very magical. The 3D enhances the experience more or less. The character designs are inspired. I bet many would love the Sandman's that looks so lovable. And the music score adds sweetness to the sequences.

Rise of the Guardians is a little bit disappointing but also a bit satisfying. It has the heart in a right amount but only the half of the film. The rest is all action and having fun, but it's not a bad thing. They just could have moderated the craziness and get a bit of focus to the storyline. The film is still worth watching. It can be a classic if it has a better storytelling but if you don't care then that won't be a problem. Overall, it's filled with excitement and beautiful animation. Rise of the Guardians can be considered one of the great films of the year.

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Trivia

Whenever North is surprised or alarmed, he exclaims loudly with the name of a classical Russian composer. For example, he yells, "Shostakovich!'' just before he falls down the rabbit hole, and "Rimsky-Korsakov! That's a lot of eggs!" in Bunnymund's warren (relevant composers: Dmitri Shostakovich and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov). This may be an homage to the "Rocky & Bullwinkle" cartoons, where Boris Badenov's favorite expression was "Raskolnikov!," the criminal from Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment." It may also be a nod to Ira Gershwin's and Kurt Weill's famous novelty song from Lady In The Dark, "Tchaikovsky," the lyrics of which consist entirely of the names of various famous Russian composers, including the ones used by North. In the beginning of the movie, when North is making a train set out of ice, he can also be heard humming to famous Russian composer Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite". All of this could also be a reference to Alec Baldwin's (who voices North) love of classical music.


Quotes

Jack Frost: Darkness. That's the first thing I remember. It was dark, and it was cold. And I was scared.


Goofs

When talking about the egg hunt, Jamie and his friends say it's on Sunday. However, on the banners in the street (visible when Jack and Sandman are talking to Pitch) it says that the egg hunt is on Saturday.


Crazy Credits

The DreamWorks Animation logo has Jack Frost on the moon, and he uses his powers to cover the logo in frost and crackle off snowflakes.


Soundtracks

Still Dream
Music by
Alexandre Desplat
Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Produced by Alexandre Desplat
Performed by Renée Fleming
Renée Fleming appears courtesy of Decca Music Group

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Details

Release Date:

21 November 2012

Language

English, French


Country of Origin

USA

Box Office

Budget:

$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,773,465 25 November 2012

Gross USA:

$103,412,758

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$306,941,670

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