Upon first glance, Rise of the Guardians seems like Marvel’s Avengers for young kids. It teams up childhood heroes like Santa Clause and Jack Frost to fight against Pitch the Boogeyman. However, amongst the “childish” exterior, one can consider this to be amongst Dreamwork’s most serious, ambitious, and heartwarming movies to date.
While the plot is simple enough, it takes you through an adventure that explores all of these character’s worlds and has you glimpse through the mythology that DreamWorks – or rather, William Joyce- created for them. For it’s average running time of 97 minutes, the film tries to accomplish a lot because of this heavy exploration. This makes the movie a bit rushed in the beginning, but it eventually finds its pace as it carries the main character, Jack Frost, through his journey of self-identity towards becoming a Guardian.
From start to finish, the movie lacks the gags, toilet humor, and pop-culture references that have been carried on throughout older DreamWorks films and replaces it with a script that truly attempts to capture the essence of these characters. Admittedly, the script may be quite trite in certain areas, making clear the conflicts and goals from the get-go and containing more exposition than subtext, but what the story lacks in its script it makes up with characters you root for and believe in by the end. Along with its absolutely beautiful animation and character driven universe, Dreamworks created a movie for the holidays that anybody can enjoy, child and adult alike.
Written by Melly Diaz, Graphic Design Senior
On November 11th, more than 30 DASH students from the Architecture Club participated in Sandblast, a sand sculpting competition held every year by AIA Miami. This year’s theme was “Isn’t it puzzling”. After a lot of hard work, the sculptures began to take shape, becoming a chicken and an egg connected by an ever-rising stair. The resulting sculpture posed the question “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” The hard work paid off, with our sculpture landing on First Place, giving us the Golden Bucket Award –a first for DASH in 10 years. Congratulations to the Architecture Club for a job well done.
Perry Ellis is sponsoring a DASH fashion show at Crumb on Parchment this Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM. The fashion seniors have taken men’s dress shirts and created new garments from them. Come check it out!
Invitation design by Jephthe Latortue
This year during Art Basel, DASH will host a special exhibit of student work opening on December 6th. To have your work displayed, bring it to the New DASH Gallery from November 26-28. It can be any size or media. If you want your work to be for sale, you can set a price for it. The show is open to the public and provides a great chance to show your work.
Check the event info out here.