The Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'Hoole Review
Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) Directing an animated movie based upon a series of teen books, sounds weird right? Not to mention that the whole movie is about Owls; which i think are cool, but still Owls? Much like with Happy Feet i wasn't to interested when i went in and i couldn't understand how a movie about Owls could be interesting. None the less i went in to it with 3D glasses ready and here we go.
The story surrounds around this mysterious bunch of Owls called the Guardians who appear to be young Owls bed time stories and heroes. Soren voiced by Jim Sturgess (21) is a big an of the tale and dreams to be just like the guardians. When himself and his brother are kidnapped by a bunch of unknown Owls with there leader being the evil Metalbeak; voiced by Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom.) Who was the evil in the tales of the Guardians he decides they must be real and goes to seek them out in help.
The story plods along very badly and introduces way to many characters for anyone to keep up with. Theres also a lot of unnecessary jibber jabber between the characters that tries to evolve them but just makes you wonder more why there even here.
The voice acting is fantastic all around the board with a wonderfull Australia voice cast with some extras thrown in like Helen Mirren (The Queen.) It's just a pity that there where to many characters introduced for me to appreciate the voice work a bit more.
Animation wise it was spectacular, awe dropping and beautiful all at the same time and i can safely say that the 3D was good. With very fine detail down to each feather on the owls, at some points they look real. I'm also actually going to go ahead and put this down, there were some moments in this film in 3D that where as good as Avatar. Not the whole film in general but there where fish tank moments, moments where you thought you where looking into a fish bowl and seeing all this inside it.
As a family movie I'd suggest ages 12 and up, but it's up to you. There is a few fighting scenes but the main reason I suggest that is because younger kids will get bored. The introduction of to many characters make it confusing and plot can also be a little confusing.
The film runs for 90 minutes but it seemed like two hours, this is due to the writing. I was bored at moments and did start wondering about stupid plot elements. But the Legend Of The Guardians is a beautiful looking film and contains come of the beast animation this year.