Rise of the Guardians
Rise of the Guardians is the story of Jack Frost (Chris Pine) who is asked to join a group called the guardians. It is the guardians job to protect the children of the world. The group consists of Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), and the Sandman. They are leery about adding Jack to the group, but they are faced with a great danger and left with no choice. Pitch Black (Jude Law), also known as the boogie man, is threatening the children of the world and the guardians must do something.
Rise of the Guardians is a computer animated film. The animation is nice and the story is engaging and interesting. Both myself and my three year old remained entertained throughout the entire movie. It took me back to the days when I was a child and I received so much joy from waiting up for Santa or putting my tooth underneath my pillow. It was a mystical world I am still fond of. This film embodies all the magic of childhood. It is a great adventure that invites both young and old to come along for a wondrous ride.
As the film begins to near the end it was evident that the story is about more than just children’s fairy tales. It is a story about fear vs. belief. This is a common biblical theme, especially in the gospel of Mark. Although the movie is not a Christian film, it does have much to do with faith. Some may object to this notion because it is a film about fairy tales and myths, but some of the great Christian thinkers such as C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton found great truths in myths and fairy tales. In Chesterton’s marvelous chapter entitled “The Ethics of Elfland” from his book Orthodoxy, he set out to prove there is much to learn from children’s fairytales. Lewis combined myth and legends in his great series The Chronicles of Narnia which also teaches us much about the Christian faith. Although this film is not on the same level as the works of Chesterton and Lewis I do think they would approve. It is a wonderful and joyous film that teaches an important lesson, faith triumphs over fear.