Sunday, August 4, 2013

Rise of the Guardians


Okay, so you all know by now that I have a hard time sleeping, but I’m not complaining. I get to see some really good, and sometimes, bad movies on T.V. Today’s blog is about one of the good movies, Rise of the Guardians. I had seen the trailers for this little gem when the film first came out, and I think my youngest grandson went to see it; I unfortunately missed it, until last night. Yes, my little zombie snacks, I do watch movies that don't feature zombies or vampires.
The Plot

Pitch Black (voice of Jude Law), the maker of nightmares is tired of all the happiness in the world. He has to take a back seat to North (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and Sandy the sandman, who brings young children their happy dreams. Pitch Black’s plan is to destroy Sandy in order to invade children’s dreams, and one by one, destroy the wee one’s belief in all that is good. I thought we adults were already doing this with wars, pollution and GMO’s. Okay, I’ll be good and not rant.
The Guardians

While North and his abominable snowmen and elves are busy at making toys for Christmas, and the Tooth Fairy and her faeries collect teeth from under the children’s pillows, and the Easter Bunny is busy painting eggs for the big egg hunt deadline, we learn about a boy called Jack Frost.

Jack Frost’s (Chris Pine) only memory is waking up under the full moon. He has no memory of his past, but it doesn’t take him long to find out that he can make things pretty damn cold. The only problem is that no one can see him or hear him; he’s lonely. Hundreds of years go by and then one day he, for no particular reason, helps a group of children enjoy a great snowball fight. He even becomes protective of James (Dakota Goya) and his baby sister.
The Moon

Every good story has a battle and it’s usually about good vs. evil. The Man in the Moon has picked Jack Frost to be a Guardian. Santa, Tooth, Bunny and Sandy try to teach Jack why it’s so important to protect a child’s belief in good, but because Jack can’t remember his past, he’s hesitant to help. Meanwhile, Pitch Black is gaining power over the world with his nightmares, and if all the children in the world stop believing; the good guys will fade away. Will Jack Frost be able to save the children of the world and the other Guardians?

This is a great 3D computer-animated film based on William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood. This DreamWorks animation is filled with adventure and it’s a great family film that you will enjoy. How can you go wrong if Steven Spielberg is behind this film? In my opinion, he’s also a protector of childhood dreams.

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