Excerpt: You can blame the title evoking that boring owl movie, you can blame the always staunch holiday season competition, you can blame the marketing campaign or the bold, unusual depictions of legendary figures. But I think the failure largely has to be attributed to the film itself, which despite impressive visuals, some good ideas, and nice moments does not add up to one’s satisfaction.
Excerpt: …despite heavy lifting from children’s tales which have come before, “Rise of the Guardians” is nonetheless its own delight, largely due to clever jokes, clueless minions, upended traditions and stunning animation.
Excerpt: The kids, in particular, will get and embrace the superhero motif, which may go over the heads of their parents. But “Rise of the Guardians” successfully puts a novel spin on familiar childhood figures, and makes them feel refreshingly new.
Excerpt: DreamWorks has long been a close second to the masters at Pixar for creating indelible features that appeal to adults and children alike. Recently, their output (and announced output) has been sounding less adventure and more bankable. Rise of the Guardians may be their turning point.
Excerpt: …reminds us that we are responsible for guarding our own imaginations, that our beliefs are to be defended, lest they fade into oblivion. Contrary to the popular saying, seeing is not believing – believing is seeing.