Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Zack Snyder, director of Watchmen and 300, turns his highly-stylised attention to an adaptation of a series of children's novels about a group of heroic owls, Guardians of Ga'Hoole.

Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess), a young barn owl, is kidnapped and taken to St. Aggie's, an orphanage where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers for the Pure Ones – a gang of evil birds led by Nyra (Helen Mirren). He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga'Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the good fight against his captors.

The largely antipodean cast includes two Kiwis – Sam Neill and Emily Barclay.

2010Rating: PG, Mild violence and scary scenes100 minsUSA, Australia
AdventureAnimatedKids & FamilyFantasy

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Though visually stunning and blessed with immaculate 3D work, film is fatally bogged down by tackling an essentially ridiculous premise (gladiator-attired owls fight genocide) with stony solemnity, and by subsisting on a note of sustained menace and terror in what is ostensibly a children's film.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Legend of the Guardians may be a hoot, but for all its pyrotechnics, it fails to soar.

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New York Daily News

New York Daily News

The script is merely serviceable and too reminiscent of similar fantasy tales. But kids will instantly relate to the gentle Soren, while watching wide-eyed as he faces each challenge.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

There's a confusion that you can sense as well, with the film pulled between its light and dark sides just as the owls struggle with forces of good and evil. That hesitation keeps "Guardians" from reaching the deep, emotionally rich center that confers greatness in the animation world.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This picture sometimes rivals "Avatar" in its spectacular landscapes and thrilling flying sequences, but of course it won't come anywhere near those megagrosses, and it's too scary to be wholeheartedly embraced by children.

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