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Rise Of The Guardians film review

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Posted: 17 December 2012
by Catherine O'Dolan

Rise Of The Guardians
A great family movie

Bogart and Bacall, Redford and Newman, Travolta and Newton-John: cinema has always had its dream teams. Well, this film has a mega-ensemble you probably never thought you’d see together: Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and the Easter Bunny. Alongside these well-loved childhood icons comes a bold newcomer, Jack Frost, portrayed as an icy Peter Pan-type, hell-bent on hell-raising and mischief-making, playfully master- minding random “snow days” here and there. But just how does he fit into this stalwart gang of upstanding protectors?

It’s a conundrum that baffles Jack, too, but he soon discovers his destiny and unearths hidden strengths and powers against their evil enemy, the Bogeyman. Ultimately, this is a tale of good triumphing evil, and a rite of passage for Jack. There are dark moments that might scare a younger audience (with lots of galloping black horses as literal “night mares”), but there’s also a feelgood message about the power of believing in something, even when you can’t see it. Throw in high-speed chases and dramatic battles with lighter comic moments, and this is drama with a soft centre. It’s also good to see refreshingly different depictions of traditional characters – North (aka Santa) is a tattooed, sabre-wielding Cossack, while the Easter Bunny is an Antipodean ranger with magic boomerangs – as well as Jack graduating as the new hero on the block.

The Rise Of The Guardians is out on DVD on March 25. 

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