Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Reviews
Yes, it is about owls, and I'm sure the book are for a slightly younger crowd, but you know what? I liked this movie. It's cool. Granted, I've always liked owls and thought they were cool, but still. For an animated fantasy adventure type film, it could be a whole lot worse. The film does follow a standard formulaic plot of the domination, hero's quest, and good evrsus evil varieties, but what it lacks in original plotting and underdeveloped characters that more than just archetypes, it more than makes up for it with good direction, a great voice cast made up of a few Brits and a boatload of Aussies including Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Helen Mirren, Ryan Kwanten, Jim Sturgess, and Hugo Weaving among others and, the real star of the show: an absolutely gorgeous look with some wonderfully detaied photorealistic visuals. These owls and other creatures truly come alive and look real down to the smallest details. I saw this in 2D, but I got the sense that some of the 3D probably looked great and worked well in places, but not in all of them. Also, being a Zack Snyder film, the action set pieces (complete with slow-mo) are really well done and look great.
Despite being a typical genre film, this is still quite entertaining and decent. If only the way it was executed and the story/characters could have been developed more and better, then this could have been like the owl version of Star Wars to a degree, and yes I'm serious, and will discuss it further if asked.
All in all, not bad. It's a little silly at times, but it doesn't insult the audience's intelligence a whole lot, so that's good. Give it a shot, you might like it.
When a young owl is abducted by an evil Owl army, he must escape with newfound friends to seek out the legendary Guardians to stop the menace.
The thing about well-loved series of books is that they often saddle you with batches of stuff, particularly terminology and names, which tickles aficionados of the source material and irritates everyone else. And it is just so here. So I must confess to being a touch irked by the chatter about gizzards, and some daft names, and the like. However, I didn't have any problem at all with the story - it could have fit just as well in a world populated by humans, but this world is populated by owls. No problem.
The battle sequences show the same approach director Zack Snyder took in both 300 and Watchmen, with intermittent bursts of slow motion. They are effective, if rather intense. But this isn't really a kids' film - the tone is dark and menacing, and there is little humour. The voice talent is mostly good, albeit distractingly antipodean. But the visuals are remarkable. This is one of the most gorgeous looking films I have ever seen, with stunning use of 3D, and it is worth watching just for that
Nate's Grade: C+
real treat for animation lovers.. despite the lame story line