CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Rise of the Guardians" needed some yeast

Cinema Dave had no interest in seeing **Rise of the Guardians** until he heard about Guilermo Del Toro's involvement. Visually, **Rise of the Guardians** is full of Del Toro details that references his mentors, H.P.Lovecraft, Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood.

Yet as a narrative, **Rise of the Guardians** seems to be stitched together by two or three short stories involving Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost. Jack Frost (Chris Pine) is the central character. He is commissioned to become a Guardian in an effort to help children keep their innocence. Like any hero who reads Dr. Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces," Jack refuses the responsibility. The master antagonist, this time it is a character named Pitch (Jude Law), threatens the dreams of children and Jack Frost rises to the occasion.
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