Soren, is enthralled by his fathers epic stories of the Guardians of GaHoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion. Kludds jealousy has terrible consequencescausi...more
Soren, is enthralled by his fathers epic stories of the Guardians of GaHoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion. Kludds jealousy has terrible consequencescausing both owlets to fall from their treetop home, into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave owls. less
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Credit & Casting
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Zack Snyder has made quite a name for himself with his arresting visual style in movies such as Dawn of The Dead (2004), 300 (2007) & Watchmen (2009). Colors and images seem to have a life of their own in his movies (just watch the trailer for his next, Sucker Punch) and create this arresting visual style. The same goes very true for Legends of the Guardians which inspite of being pretty mundane in the story department, offers some scenes of unparalleled beauty that thankfully the 3-D accentuates on the big screen rather than diminishing its effect.
The story is based on a series of childrens books called The Guardians of GaHoole by Kathryn Lasky. The plot is set in a world inhabited mostly by owls and the battle that rages on between the dark and light side. How a young owl, Kludd, with dreams of becoming a great warrior (a guardian like his hero Lyze of Kiel) one day gets caught in a larger conspiracy forms the crux of the story. Prophecies, soured family relationships, mentors, betrayals, training and all the usual elements are thrown in that any good-old fashioned fantasy adventure would require.
If I were to strip the plot down to the basics it would seem like a watered down version of Harry Potter, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings all rolled into one & in which all people are simply replaced by Owls. But the plot might work very well with younger kids who shall find plenty to cheer for. And with the rousing background score to accentuate Snyders gloriously beautiful slow-motion shots, it might be little difficult to find the young ones not impressed. The adults however might find things far too simple and utterly predictable but fear not, the running length is short and the plot is fast-paced.
The voices for the characters are provided by a roster of high-profile Australian actors which also helps keep the accents thankfully uniform. None however seems to particularly shine.
A mundane plot-line rescued by an array of dazzling visuals is how Id like to sum up Legend of the Guardians; suited more for the kids than adults.