Date watched: Thursday 8th December 2016

Format: Netflix

Year released: 2012

First time watching?: No

 

From IMDb: “When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.”

So I spent the bulk of last Christmas complaining that this movie wasn’t on Netflix, and that I couldn’t find at a reasonable price on DVD anywhere and it was a Christmas movie that I really wanted to watch. So this time when I watched it, my memory had proven me wrong (the only other time I’ve watched this movie was in the cinema upon it’s original release) and it isn’t a Christmas movie! It takes place at Easter time which therefore makes it an Easter movie.

I digress.

This movie was just as fun as I remembered it to be. I watched it this time wrapping Christmas presents, and as I only remembered small parts of the movie it was almost like watching it again for the first time.

The Guardians are all wonderful in their own ways: Russian Santa with his ‘naughty’ and nice’ tattoos made me chuckle, and fast talking Tooth’s obsession with keeping teeth healthy just seemed so appropriate for the character. There’s also the badass Australian Easter Bunny and my personal favourite was the mute Sandman. The chemistry between these four is managed wonderfully; old friends with completely contrasting personalities. Bringing the immature Jack Frost into the midst causes all the characters to reassess where they stand n the grand scheme of things.

I love Pitch as the bad guy. It’s such a simple concept because let’s face it, even as adults how many people are still afraid of the dark? Maybe not in the childhood sense of the word afraid but it still makes many of us feel uneasy. Pitch was such a simple villain for this piece, and this worked wonderfully with the flow of the story.

I didn’t feel there was a dull moment at any point in the film, although the pacing did drop in places. The battle scenes between the Guardians and Pitch were animated beautifully though, particularly one between Pitch, Sandy and Jack. Plenty of action sequences and a reasonable build up of tension.

Not a Christmas movie but appropriate any time of the year as a heartwarming family film that is hinged on the simple childhood practice of believing in the characters who bring you presents at Christmas, eggs at Easter, sweet dreams and a pound for your lost teeth.

My rating: 7/10