Tuesday, April 16, 2013

One Minute Movie Review: Rise of the Guardians

Peter Ramsey, in his directorial debut, brings us a magical tale rebooting many of the traditional holiday characters in a fun, unique, and exciting way.  The story is remarkably creative despite the fact that most of these celebrated icons' tales have been spun out ad nauseam.  Chris Pine, the new Captain Kirk, voices one of the most underplayed of these, Jack Frost, giving the lesser known fable a fresh face and contemporary flair.  Baldwin provides a Santa with attitude and Fisher's Tooth fairy is eccentrically delightful.   However, it is Jackman's Aussie style Easter bunny that positively steals the show.  Rounding out the cast is Law's villain, who is both creepy and stylish, but seriously underwhelming.   His performance never comes close to the energy and excitement of his other cast mates.   The plot is easy for the kids to understand and engaging enough for their parental counterpoints to enjoy.  Somewhat scary, in parts, for the real young set, but overall a terrific message of courage and childlike faith.  3 out of 5 Kernels: it may never be a holiday classic, but certainly an endearing little flick.

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