Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rise of the Guardians is beautiful to look at, but has little else going for it

Rise of the Guardians has a paper thin plot, and most of the plot falls flat if, like me, you couldn't care less if children believe in the Easter Bunny (let alone Jack Frost).  But the movie's an absolute pleasure to look at - - all vibrant sparkles and iridescence (even the villainous "Pitch Black").  I especially liked Easter land and its sentinels, who seemed to be inspired by Spirited Away.

Probably the most interesting aspect of the movie was how little effort was made to design characters that could be turned into popular toys.  Even the toys in the toy factory wouldn't make popular toys.  I'd love to know if that was a conscious decision, and if so, why Dreamworks decided merchandising wasn't important.

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