By Gairo Cuevas
Theater viewing count: 3
Gone are the days when I believed in kid-fantasy notions of a big red-coated fat guy sliding down chimneys to deliver presents, a loveable bunny who hid creatively colored eggs for my friends and me to find, an affluent fairy leaving money under my pillow in exchange for teeth (which kind of creeped me out at times), and a nice fellow sprinkling dust on me for good dreams to come. Thankfully, Rise of the Guardians transported me back to the good old childhood days when my mind was full of child-like sensibilities (before the sorrows of pesky financial woes).
Jack Frost has a problem: he has no recollection of his past life. His frustration leads him towards a lonely life full of whimsical rambunctious disorder. The big four guardians have a problem as well: the boogeyman (also named Pitch) is on the loose. Kids all over the world are in danger of losing their first childhood heroes. The guardians are no match for Pitch, but lucky for them, Frost holds the secret that will destroy this no-do-gooder. However, Frost has no idea how to unlock the secret.
I honestly thought that this computer-animated feature involving legends from my past was going to bore me something awful. However, I found myself happily tearing up throughout the entire film. Something about the visceral imagery of these mythical characters walking and talking on the big screen sparked a youthful joyful feeling I hadn’t felt in a very long time. The animation was so crisp and beautiful that I hated myself every time I blinked. I was lost in the gorgeous colorful palette. The camera work was incredibly cinematic as it whooshed and swooshed past snowball fights and sky battles. Kids in the theater room lost their poo over this movie.
The story never once felt boring. Inertia came to mind when watching this movie. Even the jokes in the movie never stopped the story from its narrative trajectory. When certain moments become a bit heavy for kids to fathom, Santa’s Elves were there to steal the scene with their physical comedy reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin days. I take comfort in the fact that there are still movies out there with the effect of taking me back to those youthful days of magic and wonder.