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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole . PG 3D and 2D
In my opinion, part of why this movie earned a PG rating was some intense Owl-on-Owl violence – I know it sounds funny, however, I’m not trying to be funny. There really is some intense Owl-on-Owl violence in this movie. Okay for maybe 7 years old or up, however, I would be careful with a younger child.
“Director Zack Synder (300 and Watchmen) makes excellent use of 3D. Great-looking movie with fierce warrior owls and characters your children can connect with.” Steven Shomler, Good Life Movie Reviews www.goodlifemoviereviews.com
Summary – Two younger owls (owlets) Soren and Kludd, are brothers who fall out of their nest and are “rescued” by the Pure Ones. The Pure Ones are Barn Owls who think that they are the superior race and seek to enslave all of the other owl races.
The brothers’ Father, Noctus had told his sons many stories about the Guardians of Ga’hoole who live in a far off land and have previously swooped in, and rescued all of Owldom from past dire threats.
Kludd falls in with the Pure Ones while Soren escapes and heads off with 3 other owls (Gylfie, Digger and Twilight) in search of the legends who can rescue his people.
My 10- and 11-year-old children were with me when I saw this movie.
My 11 yr. old son said that he would give it a rating of 3 Gas Cans “Enjoyable” and my 10 yr. old daughter said that she would give it 4 Gas Cans “Very Enjoyable.” My 13-year-old son was not with us, and I do not think that he would have enjoyed this film very much.
My Favorite Quote – “My dreams are what make me strong.”
Runner up quotes – “Da says that our dreams are who we are.”
“It’s just a story.”
“There is nothing wrong with dreams.”
My Favorite Sequence – When Soren flies into the forest fire on an important mission. Great effects in this sequence.
As mentioned above, my 10- and 11-year-old children were with me when I saw this movie, and both of them said that their favorite sequence was Soren being delighted about his sister, Eglantine overcoming moon blinking. (Being “moon blinked” is not good. I know there’s a joke in there somewhere, but we probably better not go there.)
Who you should see the movie with – Your kids who are roughly 7 -11 years old, People who liked the book series by Kathryn Lasky that this movie is based on, People who are fans of owls. (Hey – my Grandma loved owls and this movie would have delighted her). Some “kids” movies (like Toy Story 3) are as good for adults as they are for kids. This is not one of those movies. This movie is better suited for kids.
Other reviews you might find helpful – by Scott Bowles USA Today www.usatoday.com/movies/reviews/guardians
What I liked about this movie and my thoughts – I liked that my kids enjoyed it. The 3D was very well done. I had a bit of a tough time following the characters at first. I had a tough time with some of the accents of the characters until my ears adjusted. I would have done better seeing this movie at home on Blu ray with the English subtitles on.
All in all -Not a great movie, however better than a mediocre movie.
On a fun note- There are over 200 species of owls in the world. The owl species featured in this movie are: Barn Owls, Elf Owls, Great Grey Owls, Burrowing Owls, and Screech Owls.
A cool website about owls that I came across is www.owlpages.com.
The movie and the soundtrack feature a song by the musical act Owl City called To The Sky. Having Owl City sing a song in your “owl” movie is a bit much for me. It seems a bit gimmicky.
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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole Movie Review
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