FILM #1: LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA'HOOLE
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
3 out of 5 stars
Let’s get this out of the way at the outset: LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS is a beautiful film and one that pushes computer animation to the next level. There are some truly stirring and eye-catching moments here. Further, the voice acting is top notch and director Zack Snyder uses every trick in his bag to make the flying sequences to be quite exciting! Sadly though… the story itself is a very basic “hero’s journey” that somehow, when all is said and done, seems rushed (especially if you’ve read the book the film is based upon). I understand that one needs to compress things in order to get a major book into a mere 90 minutes, but this film seems as if it were checking its watch the whole time. “Ok, we need to them find the Guardians and even though we’ve already painted it to be an epic journey… BAM! Hey, look… we’re here!” That all said, the film is amazing visually. It may be too violent and dark for the small kiddies… heck, it may be too much for a lot of older kids as well. I mean, characters die and die pretty miserably. But for those who like animation (even computer animation), LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS is a visual treat.