Thursday, December 6, 2012

Guest Post - Louisa Klein - Supernatural Freak

From a 25 years old's point of view, this film was priceless and from a kid's point of view, it was amazing. I wish some of those kids could write a full review so that it could teach some of those “critics” that it's our duty to keep the magic alive no matter how badass it is. Critics treated it so badly, I can’t help but wondering why. The only explanation is that they forgot what it feels like to be a kid.

Raise of the Guardians is DreamWorks latest animation picture, adapted from an original story by the amazing author and illustrator William Joyce. 

Here’s the plot: Pitch, the English bogeyman (Jude Law), is setting out to create fear among children the world over and undermine their faith in hope and beauty as represented by the Guardians. They're a middle European Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Australian Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the American Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the silent Sandman.

To fully enjoy this you will have to leave your cynicism at the door and embrace your inner child. But that inner child - and any child for that matter - will be touched by the story and impressed by the action. This group of peculiar heroes needs further support to face the formidable Pitch, so they try to convince the charming maverick Jack Frost (Chris Pine) of his epic duties. Jack is a playful, careless spirit who travels the world bringing snow and snow balls fights, putting a smile on every child’s face. Jack at first doesn’t want to be a guardian, he believes he’s not good enough plus, he doesn’t really know what he wants, since he doesn’t know who he is. He was given his powers by the mysterious Man in the Moon who made him forget everything about who he was before, when Jack was still human.  I think this is a very important message not only to children but to everybody: how can you possibly know what you want, when you don’t know what you are? Jack passes half of the movie trying to retrieve his memories and when he does… Prepare the tissues folks, because you’ll need them!

In the meantime, the Bogeyman transforms the children’s sweet dreams into nightmares, fills the world with fear and does his best to sabotage Christmas and Easter, so that the children won’t believe in the Guardians anymore. 

This film is filled with magic and wonder, this film is the best antidote against all the bogeymen in the world!  Visually, it’s beyond stunning, especially if you watch it in 3D: just think about the scene when Santa carves a toy train into ice and makes it fly around the room. Not to mention the scenes  inside Santa’s toyshop, a banquet of background detail, while the sorcery-infused battle scenes swoop, sparkle and occasionally terrify. Super-talented director Peter Ramsey delivers a real eye candy, to be watched with a dropped jaw and wide eyes.

Short bio: Louisa Klein is 25, lives in the UK but was born in Germany and brought up in Southern Europe by a German dad and an Italian and French mum, which made her a little confused at first. She has a degree in Medieval Studies and a postgraduate one in Marketing. She’s been working in publishing on and off since she was 17 and during the day she is a freelancer and an Urban Fantasy writer. At night, she puts on a mask and fights British crime. She gets very little sleep. 

 When paranormal expert Robyn Wise is offered an outrageous sum of money to cure a boy who is turning into a dead tree, she's very sceptical. A politician ready to pay that much to make his son stop growing branches instead of hair? Come on! She's more likely to be abducted by aliens. This is a trap. Or much worse. And, of course, it's much worse.

The child is turning into a dark portal, created by a powerful entity determined to absorb Fairyland's power. This means that not only queen Titania and her court are in danger, but the very balance of the magic fluxes.

Robyn'd rather stick a pencil in her own eye but. to learn how to destroy the portal, she has to sneak into the Wizardry Council, a place full of wizards who are hiding something—though it’s certainly not their dislike of her.

There, she discovers a terrible secret that could help to overthrow Fairyland's enemies for good, but puts her in the midst of an ancient and deadly war, and not as a bystander, but as the main target.

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