Rise Of The Guardians


Not another owl movie

Jack Frost does more than nip at your nose in this DreamWorks animation, a kind of fantastical Expendables that sees the bringer of cold weather join forces with Father Christmas, the Easter Bunny and two other fabled creations to vanquish a boogeyman (Jude Law) intent on giving every kid in the world nightmares.

It sounds magical and captivating, and it probably would be too, had director Peter Ramsay placed more faith in William Joyce’s source story and less in flashy cartoon spectacle.

The result stuns and startles, but it rarely transports.

Still, we’ll take this over Legend Of The Guardians any day…

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