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Rise of the Guardians - Trailer

Join your beloved childhood legends as they join forces to protect the children of the world.

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Reviewer rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Reader rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (13 votes)

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS   
General

AS THE generic title indicates, Rise of the Guardians is more of the same: the further adventures of a group of public domain fantasy icons, now voiced by celebrities and given edgy makeovers in 3D.

Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin) is addressed as ''North'' and speaks in what seems to be a Russian accent. The Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) is a macho six-foot Aussie. The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) has a manic demeanour and the body of a sea-green hummingbird, and the Sandman is a squat figure who doesn't speak at all.

The newest member of the team is winter spirit Jack Frost (Chris Pine), who dreams of one day becoming as popular as Santa, presumably echoing the goals of the marketing department at Dreamworks Animation.

Directed by Peter Ramsey from a script credited to Broadway playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, Rise of the Guardians is a no-expense-spared production, sometimes funny and often technically inventive. The imaginary camera sweeps through the clouds from one continent to another, and the villainous Boogeyman (Jude Law) is often rendered in surround sound as a taunting disembodied voice ricocheting around the theatre.

Still, much of the whimsy is uninspired, and there's something dubious about a film that so blatantly spruiks the principle of absolute faith to an audience of budding consumers. In a different kind of story there would be no need for magical guardians: kids could defeat the Boogeyman themselves, simply by denying him belief. But that wouldn't sell any toys.