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Rise of the Guardians (Film Review)

I still don't know if this movie is either a Christmas movie or an Easter Sunday-themed movie. Hmmmm.
In Rise of the Guardians, childhood heroes such as Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, Sandman and the  Easter Bunny are being known to be real by kids and known in fact to be as 'the guardians'. When an evil spirit known as Pitch as taking over the dreams and beliefs of the kids around the world, the guardians chose Jack Frost to must find a way to step in and fix everything. 

When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought nyahh, it looks very generic and it had a Avengers-ish feel to it. I wasn't looking forward to it but I want to see it for no reason. So I came to see this movie without any expectations or anything. And man o man, this movie was awesome.

Rise of the Guardians is one of the most visually-stunning animated movie I've seen all year. It is action-packed and the set pieces were so beautiful. Not to mention that the visual consultant of this movie is Roger Deakins, which you know did the recent Skyfall. I enjoyed a whole lot of what I thought it will be in this movie.

The voice casting was perfect for the characters in this movie. First of all, Alec Baldwin as North or Santa Claus. He gives realism to the character by having a Russian accent (well sorta) in North and provided some really good wit sometimes. Hugh Jackman as the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny was my favorite character of the movie. I don't know why but I thought he was awesome and Jackman made a different/ unusual take on that role and made it more mature and a bit darker. Jude Law as Pitch or Boogeyman. Jude Law is perfect for the character. At first, you will not recognized him as himself, instead there's this cunning very menacing villain who's main point is to scare children.

I have only two problems with this movie. First, Chris Pine as Jack Frost. Jack Frost is a teenager and Chris Pine voicing it wasn't that fit for that character. Since Chris Pine can only mimic a single voice. Think of Jack Frost with a Captain Kirk voice. And Second, the runtime of the movie. Based of IMDb, the duration of the film is 97 minutes, Which is not surprising for an animated movie. But there's should be a lot of going on for this one. They should've extend it for like 10-15 minutes more to give some sort of development to the characters.

Like I said earlier, the visuals were stunning in this movie. There's a lot of attention-to-detail for the set pieces, especially for the final action sequences (which I thought were cool). And the 3D did enhance those visuals. I was lucky enough to catch this movie in IMAX and it gives so much depth and feel to it. There's a lot of eye-popping elements like the characters and the snowflakes did actually flying at you. It was awesome. If you're going to see this one. IMAX is the place for you.

'Rise of the Guardians' is a fast-paced, witty animated movie for kids and kids-at-heart. The characters were larger-than-life and the story alone made this movie a must-see.

The geek rates it 7.9/10.

Special Thanks goes out to Solar UI-P for the advance screening at IMAX North Edsa.

Rise of the Guardians will be showing on IMAX 3D, 3D and 2D at November 28.

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