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Wick-Quoting #23: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

I remember back in the day when I was ordering books in elementary school, I loved to order books about owls.  This is how I started to read Guardians of Ga’Hoole books.  It’s no wonder why I was unusually excited for this movie.  However, even though the story was great from what I remembered, the movie version just couldn’t deliver the same storytelling aspect.

After watching the trailer, it is very apparent that the film excels in one popular area – graphics.  The graphics and animation in this movie are just too much.  I’m surprised that they decided to put so much detail in what’s considered to be a “little kids” film.  Therefore, it is safe to say that Legend of the Guardians is great in two ways:

1) Stunning visuals

2) & the ability to attract a broad audience, besides just children.

This is definitely not one of those movies which parents take their kids to and not pay attention to what’s going on (like Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa).

I dodge them lightnings!!

Even though the movie looks amazing, there are a couple of negatives that get to be really annoying (and hilarious after a while).  First off, the film is like a child’s version of 300.  There are more slow-mo scenes in this movie than in Matrix Reloaded, no joke.  There is one part during a chase where almost every movement is a slow-mo.  Not to say that the over abundance of slow-mo scenes are terrible, but it’s quite obvious that the filmmakers wanted to emphasize the amazing graphics through slow movements.  The back-to-back matrix scenes make this film unique in an unexpected way.


A negative that got on my nerves were the voice acting.  The main character’s voice is super annoying.  Most of the time, he sounds like a loser whining about dreams (which his brother points out).  And what’s with the accent?  Is giving the protagonist an annoying accent really necessary?  While it is true that movies should develop certain characters so you like them and root for them, I just couldn’t bring myself to be a fan of Soren.


The last point which I’d like to bring up is the plot/character development.  Because the movie is based on books, it has the Harry Potter syndrome.  The Harry Potter syndrome is when movies don’t seem complete and skip around a lot because there’s too much to fit in a ~2 hr movie.  Legend of the Guardians reminded me of Harry Potter movies during the scenes when the owls were shown engaging briefly in different lessons.  This problem could have been easily avoided if the movie was just a bit longer – it is only 1 hr and 30 mins long.  But I guess the movie is intentionally short because it is targeted for young audiences.  Similarly, all the Shrek movies are around 1 hr and 30 mins long.  Omg, no wonder…

Watch the movie, or turn out like me.

With a budget of 80 million, the movie has made around 134 million so far, which isn’t that bad, but not that great either.  Thank goodness for foreign theaters which brought in 80 million of the total.  This only goes to show how much money can be made from audiences overseas.  Do not underestimate the power of the foreign side.

Unless sales stay strong, I don’t think we’ll be seeing anymore of these owls in the future.  But the film is still worth a watch, especially for its graphics.


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