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

For a 3D animated film, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is pretty epic.

Helmed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), the movie is a taken from the classic hero adventure mold, but this time with owls. The use of 3D in the film is impressive-- the owl feathers, the water droplets, and the vast ocean in the film look great in 3D. This use of technology reminds me of how Avatar made us believe in the planet Pandora.

Another coup for the film is the voice talents. Just look at this roster: Jim Sturgess, Helen Mirren, Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill, David Wenham, Goeffrey Rush. (Yeah, you can conclude that the film's characters have a British accent). Most of them were able to bring that "Lord of the Rings" classy quality to the movie's characters.

What doesn't work for me though is the whole "LOTR with Owls" concept. Moreover, the aerial battles are good, but it became hard to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys. Also, the movie's themes are quite dark for usual family fare (sibling rivalry, genocide, slave trade, etc.).

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is a very ambitions 3D animated film will please and impress epic film fans.

Rating: 4/5

BTW, I was very happy that one of my favorite cartoon characters, Wile E. Coyote, is now in 3D! There's a short entitled "Fur of Flying" featuring Wile. E Coyote and the Road Runner before Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.

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