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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Zack Snyder

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Plot Summary

Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," based on the beloved books by Kathryn Lasky. The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father's epic stories of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father's favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd's jealousy has terrible consequences-causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the sea and through the mist to find the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians of Ga'Hoole-Soren's only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 122
  • Fresh: 61
  • Rotten: 61
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The film's look can't overcome all its shortcomings, but it helps them go down easier than its title. – Adam Graham, Detroit News, Sep 24, 2010

Fresh: A splendid adventure sure to thrill children and fantasy buffs, while leaving everyone else passably entertained. – Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail, Sep 24, 2010

Fresh: The stars of this computerised epic are the Design and Art departments, who provide stunning landscapes, caves and kingdoms, and whose 3D magic is genuinely thrilling. – John Walsh, Independent, Nov 29, 2010

Rotten: We're left with something gorgeous, turgid, and emotionally impenetrable -- less a movie, more an Imax screensaver. – Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph, Nov 29, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Feel good family-fun.

"Legend of the Guardians" is a visually spectacular film with dark tones but a sweet, moral center. The story is that The Pure One's,(don't let their name fool you), plan on using the unspeakable power of these magic rocks to destroy all whom they call weak. An owl named Soren sets off across many miles of land and sea to warn the only ones who can stop them, The Owls of Ga'Hoole, while making new friends along the way. The voice acting is done by a pretty unfamiliar cast, but they are a pleasent suprise and should be in future films. Geoffrey Rush, from "Pirates of the Carribean", and Hugo Weaving, of "Transformers" fame also support the cast. The CGI-animation, coupled with director Zack Snyder's signature slow-mo make the film's action sequences absolutely beautiful. The film also has an almost spiritual sense of morality that just makes you feel good inside. "Legend of the Guardians" is overall just a plain good film. Thumbs up.
"Legend tells of a noble band of warriors, known as the Guardians of Ga'hoole. Whenever trouble is at hand, seek them out. For they are sworn to protect the innocent, and vanquish evil." - Noctus

An extremely good movie

Legend of the Guardians was one of the better quility movies I have seen in a long time. It took me back to the days where kids movies had much more substance than just slapstick gags and a shallow romance thrown in.

Everyone seems to be quite divided about the movie. It seems by what I've seen, is that kids enjoyed the movie and parents thought it was too graphic, and therefore did not.

While there were funny moments, Guardians is an action adventure movie. It is not a comedy. Unfortunately, for this generation, that means not entertaining. There were graphic scnenes, plenty of visual contact and feathers flying, but no grotesque limbs, excessive gorey sound effects, or blood. More of of fierce, powerful, elegant areal acrobatics than actual fighting. There was some frightening imagery, Metal Beak in particular, is rather mangled looking.

However, this movie had the perfect balance of the savage grace of fighting, and of the amazing beauty. There were so many scenes where I just teared up and almost cried because they were just so inspiring. Of course, it has been mentioned, the visual effects are amazing. They let dreams fly across the screen in amazing shapes and colors, as is only deserving for these amazing owls.

Refreshing, powerful, artistic. As a critical teenager, I found this very much to my liking.

I can see how someone wouldn't like it, though. It's a dark story, but the moral and idea of it is that even the cruelest darkness can be triumphed against. Either way, it's definately worth watching. Who knows, you might even enjoy it.

Awesome!!!!

OMG.......this movie is action-packed,humerous,fun,and has cool special effects......in other words,its AWESOME!!!!!.Zack Snyder has pulled it off again.Please make a sequel.....PLEASE!!!!!