“It seems to me that the film industry has become a bit of a cesspit for soulless computer generated kids films pumped out on an assembly line…”

Rise of the Guardians Review
By Simon Jago

It seems to me that the film industry has become a bit of a cesspit for soulless computer generated kids films pumped out on an assembly line with stories as shallow as a paddling pool and graphics that look as if they’ve been created by some spotty teenager in his bedroom. Coming soon… A banana’s struggle to overcome racism in a world dominated by bigot apples. A collection of bed bugs must rally together to win the race and along the way realise that friendship is more important than winning. A talking salmon proves to the world that he can become the greatest ping pong champion but learns that it doesn’t matter about proving your worth to anyone as long as you value yourself for who you are… the list goes on. However, does Dreamworks’ latest computer generated feature Rise of the Guardians follow this all to familiar trend?

PLOT SYNOPSIS
The Boogeyman (Jude Law) threatens the children of the world, giving them nightmares and scaring them into believing in him. It falls to the Guardians of the world; Santa Clause (Alec Baldwin), The Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the Sandman to save the children. However, if they are to succeed they will need the help of mischievous Jack Frost (Chris Pine) but Jack isn’t much of a team player.

SIMON’S SATISFIED
I thought this movie was a lot of fun. I think Dreamworks’ best animated feature to date is ‘Shrek’ but the creators of  ’How to train your dragon’ another great Dreamworks film have done a brilliant job on this one and Rise of the Guardians is defiantly up there. There are some fantastic ideas and the way the movie plays on the concepts of all the famous characters but giving them a new and original style is done excellently. I especially enjoyed the Cossack scimitar wielding Santa Clause with his deep Russian accent and his cultural references in the background of his North Pole workshop. The Crocodile Dundee style Easter Bunny was a great touch and even the speechless Sandman with his meringue style costume and sand textures had real character.

RATING
I think the movie could have been a touch funnier and they could have pushed the boundaries of making it work on two levels entertaining the kids as well as the adults a bit more but overall I found it thoroughly enjoyable and think its a great family film for all to see. Would love to see a sequel.

3.5 star rating