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Friday, September 24, 2010

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Soren is a young owl who loves hearing stories from his father about the legendary Guardians of Ga'Hoole, an alliance of owls that like King Arthurs knights of the Round Table. They are sworn to protect the Kingdom of Ga'Hoole. His brother Kludd is not too impressed and is jealous of the attention paid to Soren especially of his quick ability to fly. One night they sneak out to practice and accidentally push each other off the tree limb. The ground is a dangerous place for a young owl and they are captured and taken to The Pure Ones.

The Pure Ones believe that Barn Owls are the purest of all owl races. They sort through the many young owls who were also kidnapped. The Barn Owls are selected to train to fight, and the other owls are sent to be “moon blinded” to become obedient workers. Soren (Jim Sturgess) gets sent with the workers when he tries to protect a smaller owl. He's crestfallen when his brother Kludd (Ryan Kwanten) doesn't stick up for him and choses to be trained as a soldier. He's enchanted by the soothing promises of glory from the evil queen Nyra (Helen Mirren) and Metal Beak (Joel Edgerton). Soren discovers that the Pure Ones are planning to lead an army against the Guardians. They are developing a weapon of great power. He manages to escape with the Elf Owl Gylfie (Emily Barclay) aided by the Pure Ones librarian Grimble (Hugo Weaving) . One the way they meet up with Twilight(Anthony LaPaglia) and Mrs. Plithiver (Miram Margolyes) who accompany them on their quest. Their long flight and series of adventures brings them to the Tree on the peaceful island of Ga'Hoole where they meet Ezylryb (Geoffrey Rush) who helps assemble the Guardians to battle to free the captured owls.

Screenwriters John Orloff and John Collee condensed the the first three books of Kathryn Lasky's fifteen book fantasy series published by Scholastic. The all Australian cast also included the voice work Sam Neill, Deborra-Lee Furness, Abbie Cornish and David Wenham. Director Zach Snyder who also did 300 and the Watchman used the same digital effects team that made Happy Feet. The tiny details of the owl feathers, wind and stunning vistas creates a gorgeous complete world like Lord of the Rings with owls instead of hobbits. The battle sequences are amazing, but my frightend the younger viewers. They only thing wrong with this movie is the cheesy pop song by Owl City (duh!) during the closing credits.
(Review by reesa)

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