Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

2010

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Critics Consensus

Legend of the Guardians' dark tone and dazzling visuals are to be admired, even if they're ultimately let down by a story that never lives up to its full potential.

51%

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Reviews Counted: 128

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Average Rating: 3.5/5

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Movie Info

Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" based on the beloved Guardians of Ga'Hoole books by Kathryn Lasky. The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father's epic stories of the Guardians of Ga' Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father's favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd's jealousy has terrible consequences--causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the sea and through the mist to find the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians--Soren's only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms. -- (C) Warner Bros

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Critic Reviews for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

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  • It's all very weird sometimes, but engaging: a nice half-term treat for younger children.

    Oct 21, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There are a handful of soaring, immersive and at times beautiful fight-and-flight sequences which utilise 3D in the best imaginable way.

    Oct 20, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • What might have come alive on the page feels oddly sterile on the screen, as everything is put right there before us in microscopically hypervivid detail and our imaginations are denied the power to soar to their own heights.

    Oct 20, 2010
  • It takes a certain knack to make a film which has a sinister feel to it without being the least bit exciting but Snyder has done it with this one.

    Sep 29, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It might represent a new high-water mark in the gleaming precision digital technology can deliver, but the spectacle has a hard time not looking like a bad day in a chicken coop.

    Sep 28, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • A splendid adventure sure to thrill children and fantasy buffs, while leaving everyone else passably entertained.

    Sep 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

This is probably one of the most beautifully animated CG films I've ever seen. The director did a fantastic job at telling this story,which figures since he did Watchmen and 300, and if you've seen those movies you'll see some similarities to those movies in this, such as A LOT of slow-motion, especially during the fights. The cast all did a fantastic job and were all wisely chosen, such as Helen Mirren as the villains wife, Geoffrey Rush as the good, worn down old warrior, now story writer, and the best being Hugo Weaving as the villain (of course) Metal Beak. But the other actors do good jobs as well, Digger and Twilight both being the funniest. The conflict between the main two brothers is very well done and told, and the ending fight between the two is so satisfying to watch.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Let's be honest, it's a movie with owls fighting each other while wearing helmets. Sounds horrible? I agree. But, as it turns out, the movie deserves a chance. It may be a bit too scary for the really young ones and a bit too cute for older teenagers, everyone in between and adults young at heart should have a good time with this, though. The animation is breathtakingly beautiful, as are the landscapes that give this world a sense of depth and mythology. That works great for the film's fantastic atmosphere. The characters are likable enough, the story engaging and even offers a surprise or two. That makes for a really entertaining adventure that showcases what animated films can do in terms of photorealism. I stand corrected.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Zack Snyder has stooped very low to male a film like this but there are a few good cinematics.

Scott Green
Scott Green

Super Reviewer

A very visually pleasing movie, amazing animation! An interesting tale with an excellent voice cast and of course Zack Snyder's trademark super slo mo everywhere. Enjoyed this one with my daughter.

John Manard
John Manard

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