We meet a creative and beautiful spin on the figures: Santa, the Toothfairy, the Easter Bunny, Sandman, Jack Frost and the Bogeyman. After seeing this (in 3D) here are a few thoughts..
“The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness could not overcome it.” I realise that some of you may not have faith but I couldn’t get this out of my head whilst watching this film. It is beautiful and brought out the child in me exactly as it aimed to do. North (otherwise known as St Nicholas, Santa, Father Christmas) pinpoints it exactly by showing Jack Frost a russian doll form of a baby at it’s very center with giant wide eyes. This was his own center because he could see wonder in everything and it was his job to pass this wonder onto children. Man, this film got it. Every second of it is beautiful and things as tiny as snowflakes can have you watching them infront of you far longer than you expect to. The story picks out simple things about every day life and makes them magical.
Jack Frost was in my mind a perfect representation of this mischievous sprite. When winter comes, parents, the elderly and the bah-humbugs of life complain about the snow, the ice, the grit, the inconvenience of it all. Children don’t. They grasp it and make fun from it – whether that be snowmen, snowball fights, skating, or just making footprints in the snow – for a short time each year the world is new and magical again. Waking up to a snow-day is one of the best feelings in the world, and listening to the radio at some ridiculous time in the morning just to hear that your school is closed the suspense that makes you shiver. Having Jack Frost as this caring young boy just wanting to give kids a bit of fun (despite the Easter Bunny’s reservations) was perfect and reminded me (young at heart) of every moment making snow angels I’ve ever had.
Add to that golden dreams of the Sandman, small- (and large-) footed eggs painted with flowers from a large Australian rabbit, a memory-protecting hummingbird tooth fairy, and the tattoo-covered macho-man that is the fierce North, and you have the Guardians – whose aim is only to protect and encourage the belief in the wonders of the world. Spectacular.
This is one film that I would design a nursery around, watch with my kids every year, and possibly even sway my dislike of lying about Santa.. if any of this wonder rubs off on you, you shall have an amazing Christmas!
Oh yeah, and the scary bit is Pitch Black, but nevermind about him.. anyone want a snowball fight?