I promise Rise of the Guardians is a holiday movie

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What if it was Easter?

With the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), the Silent Sandman, or Sandy for short, Santa Claus, affectionately referred to as North (Alec Baldwin), The Boogeyman, also known as Pitch Black (Jude Law) and the Winter boy extraordinary Jack Frost (Chris Pine), it would be hard not to classify this movie as a holiday movie. Is this technically a Christmas movie? No, but I always watched it during winter break, so that must count for something, right?

Rise of the Guardians opens with a brand new Jack Frost. Floating out of a frozen pond like someone trapped in an alien tractor beam, Jack learns from the Man on the Moon that he has winter powers. The only downside? No one can see it.

After years of wandering invisible to children, Jack is summoned to the North Pole – and by “summoned” I mean stuffed into a bag and thrown through a portal by North’s yeti helpers. Once there, he is told that Pitch Black is back and that the Man from the Moon has chosen Jack to become the new Guardian. Long story short, Jack doesn’t really like the idea until he becomes an integral part of fighting the Boogeyman and is recognized by a kid for the first time. In the process, he learns about his past (in a scene that brings tears to my eyes even on my 15th viewing) and what is at his heart. With his memories, Jack saves the day by showing the kids how to have fun and laugh at Pitch’s nightmares (which are literal nightmares because they are scary horses made of dreamy sand).

To the untrained eye, the connection with the holidays of this film is tenuous at best: Santa Claus remains on the fringes of the film. But let’s not forget the real meaning of Christmas – and I’m not talking about Christmas cookies or gifts. No, I’m talking about the feast of loved ones. The holidays are one of the few times a year that we get together with family and friends and show them our appreciation, whether it’s through wrapped gifts or just spending time with them. And that appreciation is exactly what this movie highlights. The sword-wielding Santa Claus is a plus, but this movie is so much more than that. It is a story of friendship, bravery and, above all, faith.

If you are done with your unboxing or if Christmas is not celebrated in your home, I suggest you watch this movie. And while the rest of this feelings and love review didn’t sell it to you, Chris Pine is in the title role, so really, what more could you ask for?


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