Rise of the Guardians Friday, 05 June 2020

Rise of the Guardians

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    A dream-team of star-players.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Chris Pine, Jude Law, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Khamani Griffin, Kamil McFadden, Georgie Grieve

  • Directed by:

    Peter Ramsey

  • Running time:

    97 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are punched, grabbed, stuffed into a sack, kidnapped, whipped, bitten, electrified, caged, near-crushed, assumed dead, assumed drowned, thrown through the air, pursued, frozen, threatened, shot in the back, stabbed, dragged. Characters fall from up high, a child is hit by a sofa, a child almost collides with traffic, a child falls through an ice-covered lake, a child falls out of bed, a child falls from a ladder. Teeth are knocked out. Characters and creatures disintegrate and form from swirling black sand. The boogeyman wields are sharp lightning-shaped sword. Santa Claus carries swords. Jack Frost fires ice from a staff. Fairies appear to be eaten by horses. Objects are smashed. Feeling cold, dark, scared mentioned. Stealing mentioned. Arguing, raised voices. Friendly snowball fights. Blood/gore: Many extracted teeth seen, some with blood and gum attached.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    None.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    None.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Bloody, name-calling.

  • THEMES:

    Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the North Pole, Easter Bunny, Sandman, the Tooth Fairy, the Boogeyman, the Man in the Moon, belief, hope, faith, identity, destiny, wonder, invisibility, mischief, teamwork, disappointment, magic portals, good versus evil, memories, imagination.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Underground tunnels, dungeon settings. Full moon, thunder, lightning, nightmares, power blackout, plane, campfire, fireworks. Horses, dogs, dolphins, stingrays, birds, fish, butterflies, dinosaur, yetis, reindeer, mouse. People walk through invisible characters, people's eyes appear mystified when struck by winter magic. The boogeyman has scary yellow eyes, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy fail to come. Frightening horses called nightmares pursue children and characters, shadowy figures are seen. Licking. Sky-high aerial footage. Based on The Guardians of Childhood books by William Joyce.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Gorgeous colours, witty script, fun characters, superb vocal talents, clever, joyful, exhilarating, crisp, original. The Sandman is quietly scene-stealing.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Frenetic pace. Has a dark, humourless side. Feels untethered.

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