This Rotten Week: Predicting Life of Pi, Red Dawn And Rise of the Guardians Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2012-11-18 14:00:04discussion comments
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Rise of the Guardians
Because I have a kid now, Iím forced to constantly evaluate how certain childhood fantasy figures will play a role in her development from gullible toddler to crackpot kid. How her malleable mind will construct a scenario in which a winged sprite is dumping US currency under the kidís 360 Threadcount Eiderdown in exchange for an incisor or two. Or how a bunny comes around once a year to drop off discolored, vinegar-drenched eggs all over the yard. And donít even get me started on Kris Kringle, the hallmarks of the true crazies. No, Iíll be playing a bunch of defense on these stories, mainly in the vein of ďAre you kidding? You think that s@#$ is real?Ē

This latest movie ainít helping. Not when proposing the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, Easter Bunny and Sandman (clear fourth wheel) are not only real, but actually superheroes ridding the world of evildoers. Thanks a ton DreamWorks. Canít just stick to the talking animals and an ogre or two? But for all of the thematic issues I have with it, thereís no denying the studioís pumped out another strong flick.

These guys put out the goods, most recently Puss in Boots (83%), Madagascar 3: Europeís Most Wanted (78%) and Kung Fu Panda 2 (81%). And though some early reviews arenít universal in their appeal (think: How to Train Your Dragon-98%) they are coming in line with many other of the studioís works. First time director Peter Ramsey, making his way from storyboard artist, takes a a new spin on the smarmy holiday theme (Santaís kind of a bad ass) and puts out a strong visual movie. I think it sticks in the low sixties, a bit below the DreamWorks high water mark, but another positive showing for this group. Now to make sure my kid knows itís me dishing out the presents. The Rotten Watch for Rise of the Guardians is 61%

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