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Lamar's Review: Rise of the Guardians

This is not a movie about Christmas. The movie is technically set in the spring during Easter, but Santa and the North Pole make it a Christmas movie. It also involves the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost.

This movie takes the greatest memories and expectations we have as kids; Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, and Easter Bunny, and turns them into the Avengers. Instead of a rolly poly jolly fat man, Santa is a big tattooed Cossack, with one arm that says Naughty and one that says Nice. I kept waiting for him to say “nuting goes better vit cookies dan Vod-Ka!” He wields two swords and the elves don’t make the toys. Instead he has an army of Yetis that double as toy makers and mercenaries. Santa is voiced by an unrecognizable Alec Baldwin and his code name is North.

Instead of a fluffy, cuddly rabbit, the Easter Bunny is a lean muscled 6 foot one, martial arts expert and is armed with boomerangs.

He is voiced by Hugh Jackman and sounds like a ticked off Crocodile Dundee. His code name is Bunny.

The Tooth Fairy is a cross between a girl and a humming bird and she has a group of tiny humming bird like helpers called baby teeth. She is voiced by Isla Fisher and her code name is Tooth.

The Sandman is made up of swirling sand and he doesn’t talk. That saved some money.

Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) is the new addition to the Guardians. Nobody on earth can see or hear him because nobody believes in him. He is a mischievous kid who travels the globe having fun and causing trouble. The man in the moon who runs the Guardians called him into service. Bunny has a problem with him because he caused a snow storm one year and ruined Easter.

The Guardians have to face off against the Boogey Man, code name Pitch, who is an evil spirit that is replacing all the dreams of children with nightmares. He is voiced by Jude Law. Their fear makes him stronger and if he can keep the guardians from doing Christmas, Easter, and leaving money for teeth, kids will stop believing and the Guardians will no longer exist.

The animation is excellent of course, it’s Dreamworks. The story works and the kids will love it. It’s available in 3D and although I saw it in 2D I can see where 3D would work for this movie.

I had just watched the greatest Christmas animated story ever, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the night before I saw this movie. One has nothing to do with the other. That being said, this is a fun distraction around the holidays and you won’t mind sitting through it with your kids. But 10 years from now Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer will still be showing and nobody will remember this movie ever happened.

I have to say Tattooed butt kicking Santa was easier to get used to than the 6 ft. ticked off rabbit.

Its 89 minutes, Rated PG for mild scary action.

My Score: 4 Chocolate Chip Cookies out of 6

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