Movie Review: DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians

If you missed DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians in theaters, you’re in for a real treat – the movie is now available (as of March 12) on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Pack with UltraViolet™ or single-disc DVD, each of which includes two delightful hopping toy eggs inspired by the ones seen in the film (while supplies last—quantities are limited).

Rise of the Guardians DVD

Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, belief and imagination of children all over the world.

The movie is based on William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood book series, which might explain why I felt the story line was much more robust than most children’s movies. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how layered and complex the story was, and how each of the characters felt fully developed.

Speaking of characters, it’s hard to pick a favorite in Rise of the Guardians, because I loved and became invested in each of them. Tooth and her exuberance and maternal care, Bunny (voiced brilliantly by Hugh Jackman) and his abrasive warrior bravado, North and his boisterous, bigger-than-life personality, Sandy and his innocent charm. Then there’s Jack Frost, the outsider with a mysterious past, who just wants to belong.

Rise of the Guardians characters

Rise of the Guardians was adventurous, funny, and very touching. I found myself tearing up at more than one point, my heart full with the film’s ultimate message of the importance of magic, wonder, and fun in life. The animation is gorgeous, and shows the growing versatility of the team at DreamWorks.

I will caution, though, that while I was surprised at the complex story line of the movie, I was also surprised at how dark it got at times, and how scary some of the scenes were. Pitch is the villain of the film, and in true Boogey-Man style, he can be super creepy. He creates and unleashes Night Mares that plague the children in the movie, and a few of the battles between him and the guardians get very loud and scary. Also, the truth of Jack Frost’s origin is very sad. My 5yo son has watched the movie several times and has been just fine with it, but I would caution that younger children who may be sensitive to scary/intense scenes might be frightened by parts of this movie.

Keeping in mind the scarier scenes, I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend this movie. It’s a high-quality piece of family entertainment, and something I am pleased to add to my own family’s movie library.

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*Disclosure: DreamWorks sent my family a copy of the Rise of the Guardians DVD, but I was not asked or obligated to post a review. I have received no compensation for this post. I am sharing this review because I truly enjoyed this movie and wanted to advise other parents with my thoughts.