It’s about owls. Computer-animated owls in 3D. I never thought I would like a movie that could be described so simply, but I really liked “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.”
The film was fun, the story wasn’t too confusing (though it came close in places), and the three-dimensional animation was amazing in a few places.
Basically, the story follows a young barn owl who’s enthralled with his father’s bedtime stories of the mythical guardians, a group of good-hearted owls who protect the kingdom from evil. In the end, the young owl learns the legends are mostly true, and becomes a guardian himself.
Directed by Zack Snyder, this was a bit of a departure for him. He’s the one responsible for movies such as Dawn of the Dead, 300, and Watchmen, all of them rated “R” and filled with violence, nudity, and strong language.
Legend of the Guardians, on the other hand, had nothing objectionable in it, and only slipped into “PG” territory because of a few scary scenes that might trouble a sensitive youngster.
The visual effects were up to Snyder’s usual par, though I felt it only needed 3D in a few places (slow-motion flying through a rainstorm was pretty cool). Even reviews that didn’t completely praise the movie called it “visually stunning,” “dazzling,” “gorgeous,” and “fantastic,” referring to the quality of animation.
My only complaints are (1) a few sharp edits — cutting from one scene to another without warning, and (2) too many characters that were a little hard to tell apart. And all the characters had hard-to-remember names like Gylfie, Otulissa, Eglantine, and Nyra. It might have been easier had I seen them spelled out first. The only character name I could remember throughout the film was “Metalbeak.”
IMDb: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Wikipedia: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
(for some sequences of scary action)
Length: 90 min. (1:30)
Director: Zack Snyder
Genre: Adventure / Fantasy / Animation / 3D
My Rating: 9 of 10