Thursday, September 23, 2010

Reviews: The Legend of the Guardians

Grade: A-

Soren and Kludd are young owlets who don’t even know quite how to fly yet. They were raised being told amazing stories about warrior owls known as Guardians. Soren believes whole heartedly in them while Kludd is skeptical. One day, the two were messing around outside of their hole when they accidently fall from the tree to the ground. They are then kidnapped by owls large mysterious owls and brought to a mysterious place. They are told that they are now orphans and must work for the evil queen Nyra and her husband, Metalbeak, the evil owl from all the stories who tries to rule the owl kingdom. Soren and another small owl manage to escape and decide that they must find the island of Ga’hoole and warn the guardians about Metalbeak’s return. Along the way they make some new friends and when they arrive they all start training to become guardians themselves.

Director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) has done it again, he has yet to disappoint. Legend of the Guardians was a fantastic movie that is so much fun to watch. Zack Snyder is known to make very adult movies loaded with violence and bloodshed so I was curious to see him make a kid friendly movie and he really pulled it off. I will say though that it is just barely kid friendly in my opinion. It seems that he managed to make an R rated movie but not really show any of the violence so it will get the PG rating, but he does hint at the violence. For instance, many of the evil owls have very red feathers, it is explained at one point that these owls feathers are red because they are blood stained. The action sequences in this movie are very intense and will keep you on the edge of your seats. The movie manages to be quite funny as well which really helps it out at times. I really loved the look of the movie though. The animation was just spectacular and made all the characters beautiful. It was fun to see many different species of owls involved in the story. Some of the best parts, though, were when the guardian owls donned their battle gear, very interesting and a lot of fun to see warrior owls.

The voice cast for the movie was pretty impressive as well and consisted of Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten, Abbie Cornish, Essie Davis, Sam Neill, Helen Miren, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Richard Roxburgh and more. They all did a great job bringing their characters to life and really helped make this movie as enjoyable as it is.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is simply a fun and enjoyable movie to watch. I recommend this movie for everybody.

Great quote: “Who are these small owls and why are they talking to dinner?”

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