Friday, December 25, 2015

Movie #343: Legend of Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole is a fantasy/adventure movie about a bunch of owls. It's based on a series of books, and it's interesting to me that the movie got made. It's got a great deal of history and vocabulary, which isn't really explained (though it comes across just fine). Anyway, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Emily Barcay, Ryan Kwanten, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Miriam Margoyles, Anthony LaPaglia and lots of others.

Three owlets, Kludd (Kwanten), Soren (Sturgiss) and Eglantine (Adrienne DeFaria) grow up here stories about the Guardians of Ga'hoole, basically owl superheroes. Then the two brothers fall out of the tree and get kidnapped by slaver owls, in service to the evil Metalbeak (Joel Edgerton) and his mate Nyra (Helen Mirren). Soren escapes with the help of an elf owl named Gylfie (Barclay), they go and find the Guardians, and massive owl battle happens! But Kludd has well and truly joined the other side, and seemingly dies in the combat.

It's a fun movie. It's very pretty; say what you want about Snyder's prowess or lack thereof as a director, but his movies tend to look pretty slick. Owl combat isn't something I'd initially thought of as being something screenworthy, but the movie makes it look impressive. The movie does condense several books into one, and it feels rushed and overstuffed because of it, but eh. It does have rather an epic feel to it, and it would have been interesting if the movie had been set up more gradually and carefully, rather than stuffing several books' worth into a single film.

My grade: B
Rewatch value: Dunno, medium-ish.

Next up: The Lego Movie