“Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole” A Visual Hoot.

Genres: Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Animation and Adaptation
Release Date: September 24th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some sequences of scary action.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution


Director: Zack Snyder

JJ Rating: B+

See it again: Maybe.
Own it: No.
Recommend it to: People that enjoy visual spectacular things. The story is good, but the visuals are just wowing.


Soren (Jim Sturgress) believes in the Guardians, his brother Kludd (Ryan Kwanten) does not and mocks those that do. They fall onto the ground where they’re kidnapped to a place where young captive owls are slaves or warriors for a cause that they are not asked if they care to be a part of. Similar to the Jacob and Esau story in the Bible as well as LOST--Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole shows how a single difference of opinion can split a family in two.

It was visually stunning. It astounded me visually…oh wait, so did Avatar, but this one had a story. Therefore, it’s VERY different. At times I wondered if I’d even bring my child (if I had one) to see it, because there is some violence that was a bit much. Legends of the Guardians goes from fluffy cute owls that look like they’d make nice pets to dark, violent owls that would scare panthers away. I don’t know why it irked me enough to type it out.

Every single voice actor did a fantastic job. The soft tone of Sturgress’s voice shared a bit of hope and naïve sound that was great for his character. Then in compete contrast was Helen Mirren who played Nyra the white mean woman owl. Her tone was so condescending and vile and I loved every second. Man, who knew owls could be so mean and pretty at the same exact time. The visuals were astounding, as I said; because of the way they used the eyes of the owls to display so much emotion. There’s not a lot of facial movement you can give an owl no matter if you animate it, because of the way the owl’s face is. Therefore, they had to work with the eyes and boy did they work those eyes.

Story-wise, I think it was decent. The best part, besides the 3D visuals, was the characters. They had strong characters that stood out on their own. To me the story didn’t have much newness to it. I stated previously that it reminded me of Jacob and Esau in the Bible as well as LOST. It didn’t peak my interest in that area.

Legends of the Guardians is visually wowing and so beautiful. I hated the trailer. Every time it came on, I wanted it to go away. It was one of those repeated trailers I was sick of. Just like the year, Click came out. They over played that trailer and I didn’t see the film until I rented it on Netflix, then I liked it. A lesson I learned that over saturation shouldn’t make me not want to see a film, I might miss something I’ll like. So that’s why I gave Legends a chance. I keep shortening the name. Long names are as terrible as long movies. Do you have to see it? Only for the amazing visuals and the great characters, yes. I think I should end like I titled the review. Legends is a visual hoot! Ha.

I write like:David Foster Wallace

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