Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Popcorn and a Move: The Legends of the Guardian: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Storyline: Soren and his brother Kludd are just learning to fly when they fall out of their nest and are kidnapped by the Pure Ones, owls who are intent on building an empire. Kludd embraces the Pure Ones while Soren and his friend Gylfie escape. Soren thinks that the only way to save all owls may be the Guardians of Ga'Hoole—but first, he has to find out whether the legends are true.

My Thoughts: The biggest problem I had with this movie was the predictability. I nailed it from the start who was going to be the bad brother and who was going to be the good one.

Characterization seemed a little stereotypical, mostly because of Kludd's immediate connection with the Pure Ones. Everything seemed to move really fast, too, but this film was based off the first three books of the series, so that's understandable. Some may have problems following which owl is which, but I kept track pretty easily.

Other than that, the battles were pretty cool, and the characters were likable. Young kids will especially like Twilight, an owl who fancies himself a poet, and Digger, Twilight's companion who is hyper and supposedly dislikes Twilight's songs. The animation was extremely well done, with plenty of slow-motion to show off the realistic owls and scenery. The Great Ga'Hoole Tree was stunningly rendered.

My only caveat is that some young kids may not be able to handle the intensity of the film. The violence is bloodless, but it includes owls falling into and fighting in a forest fire, an owl being stabbed with a sharp, fiery stick, a friendly owl being brutally knocked around and murdered, and plenty of sharp swords and talons being brandished.

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