And the film is all over when it comes to voice talent. Jackman’s perfect as the Rambo-like Easter Bunny and Law brings the perfect sinister tone to Pitch.
But the casting of Pine as the young Jack Frost is a nightmare.
His voice sounds far too old for Frost, which is jarring each time he speaks.
Ramsey also has trouble with pacing. There are several sequences — including the efforts of the Guardians to replace lost teeth, placed under pillows, with coins — that run past the point of entertainment to tedium. It would have been better use of time to spend a few more scenes with the elves — a wasted comic relief element.
“Rise of the Guardian” has its moments — both good and bad.
It’s like getting a pair of socks as a Christmas gift. It could be worse.
It could be better.
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS 3 stars