Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Movie Review - Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hool

Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hool may well be the prettiest animated movie ever put to screen. This picture sometimes rivals "Avatar" in its spectacular landscapes and thrilling flying sequences.

This film is captivating & action packed! Yes, I said action. Despite what you may think, an owl fighting is totally awesome. I'm not quite sure how it works or why it works so well, but the battle sequences in Legend are pretty spectacular. Think 300, but remove the copious amounts of blood and six packs and replace them with owls. There are some action sequences in this movie that will leave your jaw on the floor not just because something cool happens, but because it looks so good as that cool thing occurs. It's should also be noted that the film's 3D is done incredibly well and while it is far from necessary to enjoy the animation it certainly doesn't hurt it at all.

Of course not everyone is OK with simply being visually stunned. Most people probably want a little story to go along with their fancy animation, and all I can really say about that is that Legend definitely has a story. The film is based on the first three books of the children's series Guardians of Ga'Hool, which takes place in a world of anthropomorphic animals, and centers around the culture of owls. A young owlet named Soren and his brother Kludd are taken from their family home by an evil owl force. Soren escapes and goes to find the Guardians who live in a mythical tree called Ga'Hoole, but Kludd chooses to stay behind and turns to evil. It's a classic storyline that neither shines nor offends, and offers up some interesting takes on hero worship and family.

It is, however, slightly dark. Legend is definitely more of an older child film than a younger kid's movie. There's never anything bloody or gruesome, but parents should be forewarned that parts of the film could be considered scary. However, for a big kid such as me it made the movie all the better and at just over 90 minutes moves fast enough to keep even the most squeamish of children entertained.

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