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A holiday season staple

A holiday season staple
The saving grace of the Rise of the Guardians is the cocky Easter bunny, who drawls the down-under way (Hugh Jackman). Jude Law tries to send some shivers down our spine as Pitch, but alas. Things get as soppy as they could, despite three-dimensional effects, as Hollywood dishes out yet another holiday staple.

The childhood myths take shape in the form of the boisterous Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), gentle and silent Sandman  (the guardian of dreams), a gigglingly coy tooth fairy (Isla Fisher), the cool Easter bunny (Jackman) and the dude Jack Frosty (Chris Pine), the chosen one. Together they battle the evil Pitch (who gives nightmares to children and wants to be more than just a boogey-man).

Santa, Sandman, Easter bunny and tooth fairy are all recruited as the guardians by the Man in the Moon to keep the children safe and believing in all things good. When the dark force of Pitch starts to spread, the gang get together.

But the Man in the Moon decides they need another guardian. In comes Frosty, the dude, who jaunts around spreading cold. Despite misgivings, the other guardians get into act and get hold of the unwilling Frosty. Predictably, Frosty goofs up in the beginning and then realises the 'value' of good ol' values. In between, he has to deal with his personal grudge: that he is not a superstar —and a visible hero — like Santa Claus.

By the time the film ends, we just want to say, enough already. There were moments but Rise of the Guardians never rises above the cliches. The animation might keep the children hooked though.
Jemima Raman

Jemima Raman

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