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Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Tuesday, 22. January 2013

Rise of the Guardians
Director: Peter Ramsey
Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire
Based on: William Joyce‘s books
Cast: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Dakota Goyo

Plot:
The Guardians – that is Santa (Alex Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the Sandman – protect the children of the earth. But when a new threat shows up in Pitch (Jude Law) aka the Boogey Man, the Man in the Moon appoints a new guardian – Jack Frost (Chris Pine). Everybody is bewildered by that choice, most of all Jack himself, who is more preoccupied with finding out who he actually was before he became Jack Frost. But for the sake of the children, they start working together.

Rise of the Guardians was amazing. Beautifully animated, wonderful story and it all comes together in a way to make you cry and laugh and to leave you with a magical feeling and a smile on your face.

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I loved the animation. Even though the movements sometimes were a bit sloppy, the character and world design more than made up for it. [And that small sloppiness only stood out because everything else was so extremely excellent.] And then to top it all off, there were the Sandman effects that I loved to pieces. After this film I wanted everything to be made of golden, glittery sand.

But also apart from the visuals, the film was generally made of win. The story was absolutely touching and sweet. I laughed out loud several times and then I cried, in a very good way.

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And the voice-acting was really good, too. Especially Jude Law really blew me away. I mean, I know he is a decent actor who can be spurred on to be good with the right director, but he really was fantastic here. So, wow.

What else can I say other than this was one of the best animated films I’ve seen in a long while. And they even managed to include a tooth mouse (Tooth Fairies, European division)!

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Summarising: I absolutely loved it.

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