The family friendly movie of the season has arrived. “The Rise of the Guardians” has Santa Claus or North, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Sandman and Jack Frost squaring off against Pitch, the boogeyman.
The movie opens to Jack Frost becoming Jack Frost and Santa gathering the Guardians together after a warning from the Man on the Moon that Pitch is making his movie against the children of the world. The Man has chosen a new Guardian and Jack Frost is brought into the circle, not without resistance.
The Guardians depend on the belief of the children of the world to give them their powers, reminiscent of another holiday movie, the “Polar Express.” When Pitch begins his assault on the beliefs of the children, the Guardians begin to lose power. It is left to Jack Frost to find the last believing child and convince more to believe to defeat Pitch.
The movie is a heartwarming search for self. Jack Frost spends the movie trying to find his center, and who he was before he was Jack Frost. After he finds himself and who he is, he is able to help defeat Pitch and save the world.
The 3D effects are worth the money in this movie. As snow falls on the audience and Jack Frost flies above them, the 3D is a treat.
The entire family can enjoy this movie as the holidays come around, as the classic holiday characters are reimagined as battle seasoned warriors ready for fight for the world. The simple theme presents itself early in the hour and a half movie, and the action and emotion grabs everyone for a ride. The film is quickly paced and gives the good vs. evil battle familiar faces and voices, with Hugh Jackman as the Australian accented Easter Bunny, Alec Baldwin as a Russian sounding Santa Claus, Chris Pine as Jack Frost and Jude Law as Pitch.
“Rise of the Guardians “is rated PG for thematic elements and mildly scary action.