Last weekend my family had the opportunity to head to the movies together to see an early screening of DreamWorks Rise of the Guardians in 3D. My son who is almost 3.5 years old has never seen at 3D movie before, but given how glued to the TV he was during any preview of this movie, I thought this would be a good movie to check out.
About Rise of the Guardians:
Rise of the Guardians is a fantasy adventure film that casts Jack Frost (Chris Pine) is a carefree boy who brings winter to anywhere he goes. He is immature and has pretty much no responsibilities at all. However, this quickly changes when Pitch (Jude Law), the Nightmare King aka The Boogeyman, begins his plan to bring fear to children across the world. The Man in the Moon instructs The Guardians, Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) and the Sandman that they must enlist Jack to join their group to stop Pitch and protect children and keep them believing in the magic of the guardians.
While I certainly think some children might be frightened by Pitch’s character, DreamWorks does an excellent job of explaining that as long as you don’t give power to your fears and bad dreams, they are nothing more than just that – a bad dream. Another thing that I noticed they did was they never really had the 3D effect be one to scare the children. While there was 3D animation of the dark dreams, the things that popped out at you while you were watching were the baby tooth fairies and snowflakes (which my son spent a good chunk of time trying to catch.) As a parent I really appreciated that.
My three year old laughed, cheered, and asked lots of questions throughout the movie. When we asked him what he really liked about the movie he said he loved Jack Frost and the Tooth Fairy. He also thought the elves were super funny as he laughed every time they were on screen. My husband and I were laughing throughout the entire movie, which really solidified in my mind that this was truly a movie the whole family could enjoy. My husband really enjoyed the Abominable Snowman (Yetis) – he said he could really relate to them! I personally loved the Sandman, Easter Bunny, and Santa. I thought the added touches DreamWorks brought to these characters like tattoos on Santa’s arms, and the boomerangs that the Easter Bunny carried really brought new life to old favorites. And if you were wondering, my son left his 3D glasses on the entire film which has a running time of 97 minutes.
If you are looking for a movie you whole family can enjoy this holiday season, check out DreamWorks Animation Rise of the Guardians! It will sure to be a hit with the whole family!
Disclosure: My family was invited to a VIP advanced screening of this movie, but was not asked to post on this movie. I did so as I think it is a movie families will really enjoy.
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