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11/26/2012 6:00:00 AM
Reel Watchers: Rise of the Guardians
Michael E. Esser
Kingman Resident

Let's start this review by saying that, even with what seems like a never-ending supply of children tales hitting the big screen, it's rare for one of these films to be able to claim that it could quite possibly make your children better adults just by viewing it.

Bold statement? Yes.

What the "Rise of the Guardians" gets right is that it uses the device of these popular seasonal characters to teach children that their beliefs matter. It succeeds in talking to the young at heart in a way that doesn't talk down to them, but instead includes them in the conversation as an key element.

In addition, aside from its noteworthy message to "believe", Guardians weaves the folklore of each of its main characters into a tale that seems to be one-part Avengers and one-part ultra-holiday special.

Leading up this super team is a tough Russian version of Santa Claus complete with "Naughty" and "Nice" tattoos. By his side stands a six-foot tall Easter Bunny with an Australian accent, a hummingbird-like tooth fairy, and a mute, yet charming, little sandman.

But when the moon chooses the impulsive and unseen Jack Frost to be the newest member of the Guardians to help fight off the rise of the Boogeyman, that's when the dream team has to band together to overcome the fear and doubt this evil entity is instilling in the world's kids.

This fast-paced and exciting film surely deserves to become a holiday staple. If you and your kids are looking for some genuine entertainment then head over to the Brenden Theaters and see Rise of the Guardians this weekend.

I'm giving Rise of the Guardians a big time recommend and an impressive 4 out of 4 miners.

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