Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Legend of the Guardians movie is a real hoot...

From dolphin spotting yesterday, to owl watching today. As the slight drizzle has sent most Los Angelenos into a frenzy as if the sky was falling, I thought I'd take shelter at the cinema to see the new computer-animated fantasy Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.
Legend of the Guardians Owls billboard
The movie features some spectacular computer animation, especially the wind against the owls feathers, and in this case 3D makes the flying scenes all the more impressive.

I have to say it's quite a complex story of a 'kids movie' and has a bit more of a Watership Down feel to it, than a simple happily ever after fable. In fact in the opening scene you see one of the owls hunting and capturing a mouse in its claws, although you're spared the gory details of seeing it eaten.
Legend of the Guardians Owls poster
There's also a rather odd selection of a snake as the young owlet's nurse maid, again not your usual cute and cuddly character, although this one is of course as nice as pie.

So in a nutshell, two fledgling Barn Owls grow up on stories of the legendary 'Guardians of Ga'Hoole' owls. One brother, 'Soren' relishes the stories, whilst the other is jealous of the attention his brother's excitement garners from his parents.
Legend of the Guardians Owlet billboardLegend of the Guardians Hero Owls billboard
One night whilst practicing to fly they fall from their tree and are kidnapped by two other owls and taken to be slaves of 'Metalbeak' and his 'pure ones'. With the help of a sympathizer, Soren escapes with another smaller Elf Owl after being abandoned by his brother.

Assembling a band of rag-tag owls of all sizes and quirky personalities, they set off to find the Guardians of legend and actually do (rather easily to be honest). The Guardians agree to help save the other enslaved owlets, which leads to be a big climactic showdown with the evil owls.
Owls of Ga'Hoole film billboard
Legend of the Guardians Villain Owls billboard
It's surprisingly an enjoyable, action-packed movie and my only gripes are probably the fact it's hard to distinguish at times between all the owl charcters and that it's quite a formulaic 'quest movie'.

I still give Legend of the Guardians three *** stars and it's worth seeing on the big screen, and in 3D, to really enjoy all the soaring and action sequences.
Legend of the Guardians teaser poster
It looks like the animated movies this year are turning out to be better than some of the live-action ones.

Let's hope the rest of the year has some cinematic surprises left up its sleeve...

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