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Rise of the Guardians
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RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (USA/G/97mins)
Directed by Peter Ramsey. Starring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, Jude Law, Dakota Goyo, Khamani Griffin, Kamil McFadden.
THE PLOT: When that dastardly swine Pitch (voiced by Jude Law) decides to paint our humble little planet black (all the better for kiddies to have nightmares, you see), it’s going to take more than one supercuddly superhero to save our sleeps. To be precise, it’s going to take five supercuddly superheroes – namely North, aka Santa Claus (Baldwin), E. Aster Bunnymund, aka the Easter Bunny (Jackman), Tooth, aka the Tooth Fairy (Fisher), and reluctant young upstart Jack Frost (Pine). But, will this unlikely crew pull together and get it together in time for our golden slumbers…?
THE VERDICT: For a very short while there, this big, shiny DreamWorks Animation offering was starting to look like the movie to beat at next February’s Oscars. Back in early October, The Hollywood Reporter basically said as much, with a headline that screamed Rise Of The Guardians Unveiled, Rises To Top Tier Of Animated Contenders. And then the movie actually came out. To decent if not quite spectacular reviews. And, in the US, to decent if not quite spectacular box-office.
So, now that your expectations have been lowered a tad, you may actually enjoy this Avengers-for-kiddies fireworks display. For me, it’s another beautiful, busy movie overcooked by DreamWorks. All in yawn-o-rama 3D, of course.
Review by P Byrne
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