Reading the descriptions of this movie, it's set 300 years after the book series. Now, by the time the movie was releases, the first 3 chapter books (out of 5) and 2 picture books (out of 3) were in the book stores. This means that technically the ending of the series hadn't even occurred yet by the time this movie was in production.
At the end of Toothiana (spoiler ahead), the 3rd chapter book, Katherine was kidnapped by Pitch. Sandman hadn't even appeared yet in the chapter books but only as the 2nd picture book and there was no Jack Frost. Now at the start of the movie, Jack Frost emerged from the lake unsure as to how he got there or who he was, just that his name was Jack Frost. Then poof, jump 300 years. This means, in the timeline of the book story, that Jack Frost emerges at the end of the series, an ending we have yet to read.
One year after the movie, the Sandman chapter book comes out. Now I image that the "why/who" of the character isn't confusing in the movie, since the picture book was available before hand giving a small background into him. However, three years after the movie comes out, the Jack Frost picture book is released. The book describes (spoiler ahead) how Jack Frost started out as Nightlight, the first Guardian and protector of the Man in the Moon. This means he didn't start out as a mortal boy before becoming Jack Frost. He started out as Nightlight. Now, conceivably, he could have been a mortal boy before Nightlight, but that's not how the movie portrays it. It was this part I found a pit confusing. Even if the movie was supposed to be 300 years after the series, the origin of Jack Frost seems a bit misleading. However, there is still one final chapter book left which is set to come out in October, so maybe answers will come then. In the meantime, my review below will be based on the 300 year jump forward and how I feel the growth of the characters was presented.
My review of the movie
Just as I enjoyed the books, I enjoyed the movie, despite the Jack Frost story-line confusion. I thought the Guardian vs. Pitch battle was just as intense as it was in the books. It has it beginning triumph followed by it's middle losses and low moral and ended with confidence and good beating evil. It was fun to watch. But as with all adaptations, here is my list of differences:
1) No Katherine and Ombric. Ombric I can kind of understand, but Katherine is the reason Nightlight starts his journey to becoming Jack Frost. He kisses her and begins the growing. Maybe the final book will cover this.
2) No village children. I always like the village children and their energetic spirit. I get why they are not present though.
3) E. Aster Bunnymund. The movie portrays him as a fighter, a warrior. But in the books he sort of a wise man, a monk in a sense. He's seen it all, been through it all, that emotions are lost on him. I don't really believe in 300 years his whole personality would change like that. I think he would have definitely opened up more but not to the extent the movie has him. Also, two of my favorite things in the book, his chocolate rage and bickering with North, are not present. Does 300 years have to change that much stuff?
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