Review: Rise of the Guardians

I was lucky enough to see “Rise of the Guardians” at a pre-screening today! I only reserved two tickets (I always get two) because I love cartoons, no matter how mediocre they may be. I was not prepared, however, for how AMAZING this one was going to be. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers in here, just a general summary of “Rise of the Guardians” premise.

Jack Frost, the main character, is frustrated that he isn’t seen. To the world, he may as well be invisible—people walk through him, no one sees or hears him. And, although it bothers him, it was never life-threatening… until one day, the Boogeyman threatens to erase all belief of these legends from the world and take over.

Santa Clause, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and Sandman are part of the coalition of Guardians of the world. When they’re alerted of Boogeyman’s plan, they unite, as always, to fight him. However, it seems as if they need a new Guardian in order to win this one.

Enter Jack.

It was blurry at the beginning of the movie. Oh wait, that’s just because the people who organized this screening completely overlooked the fact that it was IN 3D. The majority of the audience and I thought we all needed our eyes checked again. When they finally corrected the error, people flipped out and asked, multiple times, if they were going to restart the movie. Although the man said “YES” vehemently all 40 times she asked, the lady wasn’t satisfied until people around her started answering her too.

The moment I saw the title “Rise of the Guardians” flash onto the big screen, I felt like I was a kid again. Those little gasps and groans that we adults usually hide came bursting out. I was absolutely hooked—I rooted for Jack and sighed with complete bliss at the end. I expected this. For some reason, whenever watching cartoons, I always regress to being a kid.

What I didn’t expect was to enjoy this on an adult level as well—there were hilarious moments here and there (if you watch the corners of the screen sometimes) that had my friend and I rolling on the floor. Literally wiping tears from our eyes. There were multiple levels of humor and we caught all of them. I don’t think I stopped laughing during the first HOUR of the movie. This kind of humor is extremely rare in a movie you’d expect to be purely childish.

It was also surprising how complex the plot was. I hate to say anything bad about this movie, but the way the arcs of the plot line fit together was almost loosely constructed, feeling more like an episodic progression than an overarching arc. This doesn’t surprise me, though, since a) it’s for children and b) I have a short attention span. What connected the scenes, I think, was my raucous laughter.

And, if you don’t like 3D, don’t let that put you off. The plot sucked me in so much that at one point during the middle of the movie, I re-realized that I was wearing the 3D glasses!

There wasn’t a character I hated and the chemistry between the Guardians was dynamic. There’s no question as to why either, when you see this cast…

So, if you’re feeling in a holiday mood—or if you like movies at all—I highly recommend seeing “Rise of the Guardians”! I know I’ll be recommending it to any living thing that crosses my path.

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