When Pitch Black (the Bogeyman) returns to take revenge on a world that no longer believes in him, the “mythical” Guardians must fight the evil spirit that threatens them all.
The existence of the immortal Guardians – Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and Jack Frost – is solely based on the belief the children have for them. But, as long as one child still believes, hope is not lost.
Rise of the Guardians primarily follows the story of Jack Frost, a newly recruited Guardian with no idea why he was chosen. Every other Guardian has their ‘centre’, their reason for being chosen. Father Christmas, for example, has a centre of wonder beneath his Russian, fierce, sword-wielding exterior (yes, he’s Russian, and it’s hilarious).
Unlike the other more well-known Guardians, Jack Frost isn’t believed in. The children are completely unaware of his existence, they can walk right through him and they believe he’s simply a story.
Finding his centre takes him and all of the other Guardians on a magical journey through beautiful, “mythical” worlds, such as the Easter Bunny’s Easter Island, the Tooth Fairy’s castle and Santa’s yeti-run wonderland full of mischievous, unintelligent little elves.
Although generally thought of as a Christmas film (probably because of Father Christmas’ appearance), it in fact could be watched all year around. It’s a film about wonder and hope and belief of the unbelievable.
Instead of focusing on Christmas, the movie is jam-packed with action, laughs, worries, intense chase scenes, a near apocalypse and an array of brilliant, colourful characters. Yet, despite the colour, Pitch Black (the Bogeyman) brings a darkness very reminiscent of Nightmare Before Christmas.
I absolutely love this film. I actually cheered out loud several times, each time I watched it – you can’t help but root for the Guardians! It’s bound to leave you feeling young at heart.
Have you seen Rise of the Guardians? Did you enjoy it?