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Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole

Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole (2010) – Rated PG for some sequences of scary action.

This film, with quite the mouthful of a title, is based on the first three books of Kathryn Lasky’s book series Guardians Of Ga’Hoole.  I’m assuming these books are for children but the film had a very dark tone.  If taking your children to this film, I’d give them a fair warning that some parts may be quite frightening for young ones.  But the visuals, especially if you watch this film in 3D, are quite dazzling.  Most 3D films don’t impress me much but I think director Zack Snyder did a good job here.

The attention to detail with the characters is breath-taking.  When the owls take flight and you can see every feather ruffling in the wind, you know the time it took to make it look so real.  It really is quite stunning.  And the voice cast is impressive as well.  Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Ryan Kwanten, Helen Mirren, and Hugo Weaving are a few of the actors who lend their voice talents to this film.  The story seems simple but can get a little confusing.  Soren, our hero, grows up hearing about the legend of the owls of Ga’Hoole.  They are essentially the “good guys” in this story.  His brother Kludd believes these stories are just that, a legend.  But Soren believes in them anyway. When Soren finds that they are real and the legend is true, he ends up becoming a legend himself.  That’s my Cliffsnotes version of the film without any spoilers!   And the owl’s names are so odd that I would sometimes confuse one owl for another.  But that may be because I was a little tired when I watched this.

The great battle at the end was kind of anti-climatic.  I really hoped that it would be more grand and memorable, but instead it was short and felt rushed.  But the owls are quite adorable and the story is entertaining.  If this makes enough money, I’m sure the entire sixteen book series will end up on the big screen.  Filmtastic review = 3 1/2 stars.

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