Two young owls, Soren and his brother Kludd, are kidnapped by the owls of St. Aggie’s. Soren escapes and searches for the legendary Guardians with his new friends so they can rescue the other kidnapped owls.
Directed by – Zack Snyder
Written by – John Orloff, Emil Stern
Starring – Emily Barclay, Abbie Cornish, Essie Davis, Adrienne DeFaria, Joel Edgerton, Deborra-Lee Furness, Sacha Horler, Bill Hunter, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony LaPaglia, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Barry Otto, Richard Roxburgh, Geoffrey Rush, Angus Sampson, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Leigh Whannell, Gareth Young
I had very little excitement going into this one and I was rewarded with exactly that, very little. It wasn’t that exciting or funny but had a few moments that held my attention at least. What someone really needs to do is take away Zack Snyder’s ability to use slow motion as this movie was chock full of it. It actually kind of seemed like I was watching 300 but with owls and less excitement. I’ve gotta say that some of the battle scenes in this movie were really well done though. I wouldn’t think that owls fighting would have been done so well but it was powerful and fierce. It’s the rest of the story where I lost interest though. It’s very fantasy related, with exotic names and long journeys to discover something, and that’s a genre that I never really enjoy.
I probably judge kids films too harshly. Lets admit that they aren’t usually made for the adults and it seems like the story is trying to be a little more geared for the young adult market than for the little kids that seemed to fill the theater. I’m pretty sure that the overall story was way over my kids heads and they only managed to get a general idea of what was going on. Bad guys, good guys, now they fight and we know who wins. It’s generic in its theme but confusing in its delivery, a problem I usually have when watching a fantasy style flick. Something about giving everyone exotic sounding names always leaves me wondering what the hell just happened! HAHA!
The thing is the movie isn’t really all that bad. I didn’t hate it but I also didn’t really enjoy it that much either. What I was left with was a film that I won’t even remember in a few days. The film does look great though. The animation and 3D were impressive and if I hadn’t gone to see the film at the cheap theater in my neighbourhood I probably would have been really impressed by the animation. Instead it seemed a little blurry most of the time. I assume that this was the result of being a cheap bastard because the trailers I had seen looked amazing. I wasn’t dishing out over $15 a person to see this in a nice theater though and I would have felt ripped off afterwards anyway when I didn’t enjoy the story.
The movie also didn’t seem to leave my kids with much of an impression either. They said they liked it but they certainly didn’t seem like it blew them away. Looks like this is just another kids flick made in 3D to entice you to come out to the theater. I’m glad I took the kids out to the movies because I love the fact that they want to go out and see these movies. It’s an expensive afternoon out but it’s worth it to share my love for something with the rugrats, even if I wasn’t impressed by the flick. Fans of the fantasy genre may find more here than I did and if you have kids than you’ve got an extra reason to check it out. It looks great and the 3D is really well done. Flying scenes left my head spinning and I’m sure I ducked a little a few times which is always good fun. Had the genre been something that I was into then I think I would have had more fun.
Under the marquee – Will