January 3, 2013
Excellent movie whether your 7 or 70
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It has a simple story that still offers enough to keep grown ups interested. There's the obvious conflict of trying to keep the Bogeyman (named "Pitch") from turning all children into fearful disbelievers in the Guardians, but the conflict that will interest adults is Jack Frost's internal conflict: He doesn't know where he came from or why he's here... if that isn't a universal question, I don't know what is :-).
The film does a great job of being sweet without being saccharin. There's no schmaltz here, just warm-hearted wonder. I also really appreciate the absence of pop-culture references which so often smack of uninspired pandering.
The animation is breath-taking. My only complaint about it is that there are a number of ride/chase scenes that seem to be purposely trying to induce dizziness, but that's a small trifle. This film is a visual feast. Don't wait for DVD!
It might be a bit scary for younger kids, so note the PG rating.
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