Theaters won’t be full of traditional holiday movie characters donning red and green while hoping for a miracle. Instead, this holiday season will redefine tradition through movie releases concerning legends. Here are our top four, must see movies for a legendary Christmas.
Rise of the Guardians (PG)
We grew up believing in Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, but what if children weren’t able to imagine that these legends were real? It’s the job of the Guardians to protect the innocence of children all over the world, to bring them hope, wonder and joy. But this Christmas, the Guardians will have to face a sizable challenge, and must team up in order to defeat their biggest threat. Pitch, an evil spirit, plans to destroy the Guardians by shattering children’s belief in them and everything they represent until there’s nothing left but fear. The Guardians unite: North aka Santa Clause, E. Aster Bunnymund aka Easter Bunny, Sandy aka Mr. Sandman and Tooth aka Tooth Fairy need the help of rebellious Jack Frost to defeat their enemy.
Watch it For: The unique characterization of familiar characters. Jack Frost is a rebel who controls the weather with his magical staff, but can’t become one of the Guardians until he discovers the purpose behind his powers. North is a warrior with a heart of gold. He has a larger-than-life personality and truly believes that nothing is impossible if you believe. Tooth is an energetic and electrically elegant fairy who cares for the teeth of children. Teeth hold precious childhood memories and Tooth needs to keep them secure so she can return those memories when they’re needed. Bunny is a cool and calm protector of nature from Down Under with enchanted eggs that explode when Bunny needs to make an impact. Sandy, the guardian of dreams, is an ancient, quiet, wise, powerful and peaceful being that certainly feels the threats of Pitch’s nightmares.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
It all begins with a Hobbit and concludes with something precious. One day, out of the blue, Bilbo Baggins finds himself swept into an adventure with thirteen dwarves and the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. The journey is to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom Erebor from the frightening dragon Smaug. Through wild and beautiful landscapes, Bilbo and his crew must battle mystical and daunting creatures. During their voyage, Bilbo encounters a greater challenge when he meets Gollum. This creature will not battle Bilbo, nor will it send him across fierce and unknown lands, but Gollum will challenge Bilbo’s courage and mental strength. It is here that Bilbo Baggins gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring, which will change his life forever. This ring holds powers and qualities that will bind Bilbo to the destiny of Middle-Earth, which he is innocent in knowing.
Watch it For: All the behind-the-scenes hours put into developing this film. Unlike many of today’s films and media, The Hobbit was created over a span of years, rather than a few measly months. The manpower, research and dedication that back up this film make it an epic creation. If you’re truly interested in creating art or finding a career in the media industry, let The Hobbit be an example of how much labor and commitment should be taken to produce quality work.
Cirque du Soleil: World Away 3D
In the midst of an ordinary life in an ordinary world, a young couple discovers the extraordinary as they seek to find one another upon being separated. Sometimes when life becomes mundane and monotonous, we must step into something new, and there we will discover great things. This young couple does just that – they step into a world full of mystery and intrigue where they experience acrobatics and aquatics, illusion and inspiration, dance and drama. Take an international circus, remove it from the big top and place it on the big screen, with amazing 3D and you’ll find yourself “World’s Away” this Christmas.
Watch it For: The incredible and astounding acrobatics of Cirque Du Soleil. This is no ordinary circus. Rather, it’s a film inspired by cultures all across the world, bringing you the grace, dexterity, imagination, color, intrigue and defying moments that will leave you breathless.
Les Miserble (PG-13)
“The Miserable” is a new rendition of Victor Hugo’s world-renown classic novel set in 19th century France. A newly released prisoner named Jean Valjean sees his new-found freedom as an opportunity to start a new, better life for himself. But in order to start living the dream that he’s set before him, he breaks his parole, resulting in Inspector Javert persistently hunting him down. As he hides from the Inspector and searches for his lost daughter, he finds himself caught up in the French Revolution.
Watch it For: The classic story that will always tug at the heart of audiences. “Les Mis” is a story all students should know, whether you’re into classics or not. This story captures the essence of humans in an art form that is pure and true. It’s common belief that classics are boring, but as this rendition will demonstrate, these tales are deep, thought provoking and incredibly intelligent, thus challenging younger generations to understand the wealth of substance in media and storytelling.