I like a kids’ movie that does what, in my mind, they’re supposed to do: Entertain and encourage. Rise of the Guardians does this very very well. Not as well as The Incredibles, the benchmark of all children’s movies for me, but close enough to make me compare them. I was prejudiced against this film because there was, recently, some crazy owl movie titled something something guardians, and it was another super dark kids movie. Which I will rant about in a moment.
A lot of people seem to have some preconceived ideas about this film. They see a young man on a lifeboat with a tiger and scratch their head about it. Why, I don’t know. That image alone intrigues me. That fact alone is exactly what made me read the best-selling novel upon which this film is based. Dude, A TEENAGER IS TRAPPED ON A LIFEBOAT WITH A BENGAL TIGER. What about that premise seems boring to anyone? Are you all that jaded? Should he be trapped on a lifeboat with a tyrannosaurus rex?
Based on the book Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, this 94 minute looong pedestrian look at Alfred Hitchcock’s life should have been called “Hitchcock really relied on his wife, Alma!” Anthony Hopkins does a passible Hitchcock impression and Helen Mirren probably does a good Mrs. Hitchcock, having never heard the real one speak, but instead of really getting details on how he made his most successful movie, Psycho, it is mostly comprised of his married life and the emotional insecurity he brought to relationship.
…in Backyard Blockbusters, director and fan film maker himself, John E. Hudgens, introduces us to these uber nerds and geeks that have a passion for these things beyond that of your usual San Diego Comicon attendee.
In short, this Bond is awesome. AMAZINGLY, it reboots the franchise, not by erasing what came before but by digging deeper into the past: James Bond’s past, M’s past, MI6’s past, our collective past when we fought a cold war with spies in tuxedoes, and a film making past when films told a story with actors and not with jump cuts full of digital effects. It is so fitting that Adele sings the theme song (The best since Shirley Bassey) since her retro-modern sound is exactly the tone that Skyfall and all future Bond films can take from here on in.