Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Review

Information At A Glance
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is a Animation movie starring Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, and Geoffrey Rush. The movie was directed by Zack Snyder and released by the Village Roadshow Pictures and Animal Logic studio on 2010-09-24. The movie has an MPAA Rating of PG (Parental Guidance). Our users found the overall impression of this film to be Exciting. The movie's official site can be found at www.legendoftheguardians.com.

Overall Movie Ratings

Plot 3.0
Visuals 10.0
Music 10.0
Sound Effects 10.0
Acting 9.0
Enjoyability 7.0
Overall 6.0
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Amazing Production Values - Mediocre Story

User Ratings

Plot 3
Visuals 10
Music 10
Sound Effects 10
Acting 9
Enjoyability 7
Overall 6
Format: Movie Theatre
Impression: Exciting

(2) +2

Legends of the Guardians is meant to cover the material of the first three volumes of the fifteen volume Guardians of Ga'Hoole fantasy books. The main star in the movie is Soren, a young owlet. Soren's father tells Soren (and his brother and sister) of the legends of the "Guardians of Ga'Hoole". The Guardians are said to protect the kingdom from the "Pure Ones" who want nothing more than to eliminate all owls.

Like Soren, his sister enjoys these stories but his brother does not. One thing leads to another and Soren and his brother have a scuffle which results in both of them falling off their nest and, while descending, being kidnapped by the Pure Ones. The Pure Ones have kidnapped many other young owls. I won't explain anymore of the story as I feel this would venture into "spoiler" territory for those that have not read the books.

Suffice it to say, the movie is action-packed. The visuals in the movie are amazing and the voice-cast is equally great (especially Hugo Weaving, of Lord of the Rings). Unfortunately, despite the strong production values and the interesting fantasy material on which the movie is based, the story as told in the film felt mediocre.

Also, many parents will likely want to take their children to see this movie due to its animation roots. They should definitely do some research first and make an informed decision as to whether the movie would be appropriate as the movie has a very dark tone and is somewhat violent. There also isn't much humor to be found in the movie so its not as "kid-friendly" as some would have you believe.

Nonetheless, this is still an okay movie. I would recommend going to see it just for the graphics alone.

Review Posted By movieJoe On 2010-10-19 At 17:17:06

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