Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole


Action / Adventure / Animation / Family / Fantasy

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 63%
IMDb Rating 7 10 71653


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Joel Edgerton as Metal Beak
Hugo Weaving as Noctus / Grimble
Essie Davis as Marella
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1.51 GB
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1hr 37 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by cinemajesty 6 / 10

When Digital Animation Dares

Movie Review: "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" (2010)

Presenter Warner Bros. Studios gives its long-time first-look inclusive partner Village Roadshow Pictures from "Down Under", Australia a lift in distributing this explicit animated feature directed by Zack Snyder, who after "Watchmen" (2009) overthrown himself with the story of young owl Soren, vocally performed by non-recognizable actor Jim Sturgess, who's character embarks on journey into the depth of a mystical, highly-visceral landscape of ruling nemesis-owl "Metal Beak", given voice by decisive-striking vocal beats-sharing Joel Edgerton, when dark magic boot encampments of stone, rock and gorges transforms child-owls into metal-armor-wearing soldier-owls in order to enforce an army to invade hometree of the peace-loving family tribe including the character of father-like owl Noctus, portrayed by Hugo Weaving, and the war-approved, trauma-scared Ezylyrb, performed by Geoffrey Rush; together in deep voices, they build atmosphere and story-telling moments of an promised animated fantasy-action-spectacle that falls short after the first excellent visual strokes in terms of tiresome showdown-fulfilling proportions due to emotional distant confrontation between rivaling childhood friends Soren and the brainwashed character of Kludd that then again are visual stunning in character detail down-to-each feather designs, environmental shading in sparkling fire slow-motion shots, but nevertheless share a feeling of unidentifiable leading characters for a targeting group of the 8 to 12 year old, which wanted to be animation for adults in human flesh and blood, yet without the proper animation of empathetic behaviors and an adapted screenplay by shrieking writers John Orloff and Emily Stern, especially in the most fearless full-frontal moments of conflict, fails "The Legend of the Guardians" to deliver awestruck convictions in the end; circumstances, which the fulminate success of animation action-drama "Toy Story 3" by competitor Pixar Animation Studios, out the same year, could deliver to an heart-stopping, suspension-pulling sequence at a fire-breathing, metal-claw-menacing trash-burn facility of closer relations to international audiences.

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Reviewed by amarjunchu 9 / 10

This is a Visual Masterpiece starring owls!

The visual quality and attention to detail is just breath taking. The world that this movie takes you to is also very intriguing and believable even if you are not into owls that much. The story is told like a classic epic which is pretty good especially when combined with its extra ordinary visuals. The only problem I had was from my side and it was not being able to see this in glorious 3D because the attention to detail would have just shined through and through. So if you can help it please just watch in 3D.

Reviewed by Chiller7 10 / 10

A refreshing animated adventure not afraid to take itself seriously

Very refreshing to see an animated film, outside of Japanese animation, dare to present us with an epic adventure story that takes itself seriously, without the need to stuff every other scene full of excessive cartoony slapstick fluff and desperately witty comedy dialogue, just to lighten the mood and remind us that it's a kids movie, which is the trend that modern Western animation seems stuck in lately. Kids absolutely can engage with serious stories that are not afraid to go a bit darker in tone, as I remember quite well from my favorite fantasy movies as a kid.

A story featuring owls as characters is a little unusual, for sure. But aside from the unusual owl theme, this is a classic epic fantasy at heart. Epic fantasy is a genre that I love and one that I can forgive for reusing some of the same old clichés, such as the good guys vs the evil empire setup, or the classic hero's journey tale, because it just wouldn't be epic fantasy without some of these same old things.

The one thing, though, that makes this movie stand out more than anything is its director, Zack Snyder. It may seem a little usual for a director who specializes in adult-oriented CGI-heavy action movies to handle a kid's animated adventure like this, but upon seeing the movie, it's clear that he made this one special in a way no one else can. His trademark eye for breathtaking visuals and exquisitely-handled action directing is on full display here. In the hands of someone else, we may have instead gotten the silly cartoony slapstick style more typical of animated movies these days, and not the epic quality action that we see here; so, thank you, Zack Snyder, for making this movie.

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