I will be the first to admit that I did not think this film was worth any of my time when I saw the first trailer. As a matter of fact, you can click here to see the first trailer AND my comments on the movie. I actually laughed re-reading what I wrote! But, as time went on and more trailers released, I quickly changed opinion. After I had learned that Zack Snyder (director of 300 and Watchmen, known for his stunning visual portrayals in film) directed this movie, that Helen Mirren lent her vocal talents to the film, and that it is based on the first three books of a series by author Kathryn Lasky I became very greatly interested.
Well, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole definitely flew above my expectations. When reading another review of this film I had to agree with the author’s use of the word “nostalgic” when referring to the movie. I instantly thought about films from my childhood such as The Secret of Nimh, Land Before Time, An Amercian Tail, The Pagemaster, and more. Zack Snyder did an excellent job in the telling of this tale of a group of owls seeking the legendary guardians in hopes of being rescued from the evil owls who are planning to defeat and enslave them all.
The animation, music, and adventure in this movie are all wins! The 3D is impressive. And, while I was a little disappointed to not hear the music from the trailer (30 Seconds to Mars- “Kings and Queens”) the music sets the tones for every scene very much like that of Lord of the Rings. Actually, a lot in this film will remind viewers of Lord of the Rings, and maybe even Star Wars. The adventure taking place follows mainly the course that one main owl takes (Soren) as he learns about himself, his brother, the stories he was told as an owlet, and the importance of loyalty.
While there are many scenes that are light, comedic, and family oriented, there are still several parts that are serious and dark. Some of the action/fight sequences (I know it may be a little difficult to imagine fight sequences with owls) may be a little bit much for the real young children, but it wasn’t over the top. I was very impressed with how Snyder portrayed the story. The battle between good and evil, new friendships forged, family ties tested, self-fortitude increased….all of these elements and more add wind beneath the wings of this film- enabling it to truly soar above my expectations on a trip I really wasn’t expecting. Even with a plot that ended up being somewhat predictable, the film still surprised me! I actually hope that Snyder brings the entire series to film with continuations. Go see Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole!
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–The Sp1der’s Score: 8 out of 10 stars “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”
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