December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

April 18, 2013

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

When it’s over, a fresh blend of fantasy/mythical characters and superhero power. The immortal guardians join forces to stop the evil spirit, Pitch Black (Jude Law), from taking over the earth by inflicting total fear in the hearts and minds of children. Children will delight in the surprising way their favorite heroes  are portrayed in a way they never expected. Jack Frost (Chris Pine) may be cold Old Man Winter in pint form, but he has a big warm heart. Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin) is big and round, but he also has a mean tattoo, a Russian accent, and swings a sword. The Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) isn’t all cuddles, but an Australian warrior with a boomerang. The Sandman isn’t just a deliverer of good dreams, but possesses great power. The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) is portrayed as part hummingbird, and does not travel the world alone. She is aided by her fairies, who are all extensions of herself. There is so much creativity in this film, giving faces and personalities to characters we know so well, but seldom see onscreen. Santa Claus is the exception. Even though we have seen many versions of Santa Claus, this version is the boldest and most unexpected. The film offers plenty of gags, mostly from Santa’s little Elves and the mighty Yetis, who surprisingly, also work for Santa. Great fun for all ages!

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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