Released in 2012, director Peter Ramsey’s fantasy film is by far one of the most underrated festive films in recent times, which most people confuse with the owl-based animated film Legend of the Guardians (2010). The film follows Jack Frost (Chris Pine) as he is reluctantly recruited to join the Guardians, a group led by Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the voiceless Sandman as they spread joy to children each season. They also protect the children from the evil nightmare king Pitch Black (Jude Law), who attempts to bring darkness and fear to the world.
Beginning from Jack’s point of view, the start sees Jack breaking through the ice as he unexpectedly begins flying into a nearby town uncontrollably. As he is ignored by the people of the town as he tries to ask questions in his confused state, it becomes clear he has just become Jack Frost and is invisible to everyone around him. Skipping forward to present time 300 years later, we see Jack causing mischief as he ices over the town and the children enjoy playing in the snow he created.
Although he enjoys bringing joy to the children, it is obvious he is disappointed no one truly believes in him, being the reason why he is invisible to everybody, as well as having no memory over who he was before becoming Jack Frost. As Pitch Black’s presence comes to threaten the world, the Guardians are forced to recruit a new seasonal character to help them take down Pitch. The Guardians, particularly the Easter Bunny who sports Jackman’s native Australian accent, doubt Jack’s ability to help because of his mischievous reputation.
In a fight to be believed in and to save childhood happiness, will the Guardians and the underestimated Jack Frost defeat Pitch’s threat to engulf the world in darkness. Laced with adventure and nostalgia, Rise of the Guardians is a must-watch this winter.