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Rise of the Guardians

#1 Post by funthing29 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:14 am

I was feeling under the weather and had planned to stay home last night, but then I received a phonecall telling me I had won tickets so I ended up going out. And I wish I hadn't.

I thought this was dreadful. It was so boring. I couldn't care less about the story or the characters, nothing likeable about them. The voice work was bland, the villain was dull, the main character was uninteresting, and there was no fun or humour elements. My real issue is that it felt incredibly unoriginal, like all its ideas had been lifted from other animated films. I especially noticed similarities to Monsters Inc and Despicable Me, amongst others.

The only thing in its favour is that it has decent use of 3D but that is not enough to redeem it. The worst children's film I've seen this year.

3/10

Edit: Score revised to 4/10
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Re: Rise of the Guardians

#2 Post by Celini » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:24 am

Same here! I felt like I sat through a direct to DVD film, I think it was aimed at the younger audience.

For me the only charming/cute characters were the minions... eh, the elves and I could not care less about Jack Bieber Frost taking on Pitch Cassel Black with the help of the odd Russian giant guy :roll:
Seriously, how uggly and unoriginal was the characters design?

This was basically painfully long and bland. I would recommend only to people who like (or don't mind) kid movies.

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Re: Rise of the Guardians

#3 Post by canadian_turtle » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:25 am

I don't understand you guys at all, this was one of my favourite films of the year, I loved everything about it! Great characters, basic good vs evil but well executed story, it was very funny and looked oh so pretty. Maybe it made a difference that I was seated in the stalls? I was often in awe with the animation, it just looked so clear/crisp and beautiful.

I really enjoyed the characters, particularly Jack Frost who was the centre of the story, as well as the different take on the various other guardians. I thought there were a lot of very funny moments, particularly those involving the cranky elves (indeed very similar to the minions from Despicable Me, but hey better steal something and ensure it's good than make up something new that might be crap) as well as the Easter Bunny when he lost his mojo for a while. Who would've thought that Hugh Jackman could be so fluffy and adorable? ;)

Waaaay better than the trailer makes it seem. I'd happily go see this again! 10/10
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Re: Rise of the Guardians

#4 Post by valda » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:54 am

I'm halfway between the three of you.

sitting is the stalls is great for the 3D which was adequate. the beginning third of the film was so frenetic and loud, it was getting on my nerves. Loved the minion mini me's not the same as the minions but will do at a pinch. Jack Frost, a boy with a man's voice, very annoying. Easter Bunny confused me with my lust for HJ and the fact that he was emasculated :oops: Sandman was quite cute, and I thought the villain was Loki :shifty:

maybe if the film had been darker and for older kids it could have been better?

the kids near me seemed to love it so that's all that really matters. 5/10

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Re: Rise of the Guardians

#5 Post by asamaic » Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:48 pm

I'm probably with Valda on this one.

I was sat in the balcony, bang in the middle (much better seats than when I saw Gambit at the front left!) and thought the 3D was excellent, much much better than Brave.

Regarding the plot itself, I thought it was a great children's movie. It had less for the adults than your typical Disney Pixar film, but isn't that normally the case with Dreamworks? Good film in general, really good IF you're a small child. IMHO, certainly not the disaster funthing29 makes it out to be!
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Re: Rise of the Guardians

#6 Post by canadian_turtle » Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:53 pm

asamaic wrote:Good film in general, really good IF you're a small child.
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Re: Rise of the Guardians

#7 Post by funthing29 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:28 pm

asamaic wrote:IMHO, certainly not the disaster funthing29 makes it out to be!
Perhaps I was a bit harsh rating it 3/10 but I really didn't enjoy it and certainly think it is the worst animated film I have seen all year.

Edit: Score revised to 4/10
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Re: Rise of the Guardians

#8 Post by jeanelle » Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:41 pm

I was thrilled and delighted to have the chance to see this thanks to the generosity of funthing29 but I have to disagree with her as I thought it was much better than she did!

Visually it is gorgeous and it starts very well. There are some good jokes and Santa's small minions are beyond cute. There is loads of lovely scenery and exciting sledge rides and battles with the boogeyman but these last two are repeated so many times they become tedious. Maybe this film will appeal more to little boys than girls on that account, but I would say, not too small as it can be quite scary.

Chris Pine and Isla Fisher were at the premiere, she wore a lovely dress but was obviously absolutely freezing and could only hobble along in her posh shoes.
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Re: Rise of the Guardians

#9 Post by raj101 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:48 pm

Great visuals, 11/10 there.

PLot is where the problem is, theres no effort to build any pathos with the lead characters or motivation for the villain. Even in a kiddies film you need that, and I found myself dozing at the beginning with all the cardboard cutout characters being thrust upon me. Pitch Black? What a crap name for a villain, whom I quickly renamed Flint which sounds more ominous and interesting. Things pick up with a Fantastic Four type ending but its again too rushed. I wonder if the movie suffered cuts in the release.

Loved Jack though, and his flying sequences. Sandman reinvented as a cutie was interesting too.

I was expecting a more Japanese anime inspired movie, which was evident in Jack perhaps but there wasnt really any other superheroes in sight.

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Re: Rise of the Guardians

#10 Post by Beate » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:03 pm

What's wrong with you guys? This was lovely! OH and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes, it's a movie squarely aimed at little kids and their belief in Santa and the Easter Bunny but I thought all the characters were exquisite, especially the grumpy bunny, the lovely sandman, the elves and the cute baby tooth fairies. It's a novelty to have a Russian Santa but hey, they can't all be American all the time! It was visually stunning and the 3D was okay. We laughed a lot and had a good time and that's all that counts.

Odeon Covent Garden could have put on the heating though! Unless they wanted to complement the Jack Frost story...

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