Rise of the Guardians movie poster

Rise of the Guardians

In theaters November 21, 2012

97 minutes

Dreamworks’ newest animated film about the world’s most well-known mythical mascots teaming up to save the innocence of all children, is just short of a soulless money-grab.
Pitch (Jude Law) is the Boogeyman, setting out to rob children of their memories of North (Alec Baldwin), Tooth (Isla Fisher), Bunny (Hugh Jackman) and the Sandman. They are the world’s beloved guardians. Jack Frost (Chris Pine) is unknown to kids – making him invisible to them. The guardians must recruit Frost in order to defeat Pitch, or risk becoming invisible to children as well.
Rise of the Guardians is a half-hearted attempt to innovate the holiday-themed film territory, wasting away any originality it may have had. Who doesn’t want Santa and the Easter Bunny joining the Avengers team? For the most part, that’s what you get – plenty of fast-paced fight scenes. It’s the narrative that takes the back seat in Santa’s sleigh. The story just isn’t that interesting.
If you’re jonesing for Super-Toothfairy, I recommend Arthur Christmas, followed by The Avengers instead. Life of Pi and Red Dawn are also in theaters this weekend.

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Movie Reelist Contributor: Chris Giroux
Chris Giroux is founder and editor-in-charge at Movie Reelist, an entertainment news and review blog serving the most fanatic moviegoers. Chris started his publication in Detroit in 2010 and has since reviewed hundreds of films and interviewed numerous talent across the country. He is an avid film festival attendee and red carpet photographer, having shot the likes of Steven Spielberg, Bill Murray, Mark Hamill, and more. Chris grew up in New Mexico, where he studied mass media writing while working in post-production and multimedia authoring. It is also where he discovered Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York, resulting in an unhealthy Kurt Russell obsession.


  1. I was totally letting my imagination go in this Well Done Awesome Holiday Adventure in Outstanding 3D Action and that made the film work and very enjoyable. Believe It & See It!

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