I have been waiting for Warner Bros.’ 3D movie Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole since I saw its epic trailer. Yeah, that epic trailer with owls battling in slow motion, a feather swooshing in 3D while 30 Seconds to Mars’ equally epic Kings and Queens plays in the background. Yes. That trailer.
Although I’ve always tried not to have high expectations for movies, I have to admit: I had had high expectations for this movie.
Why, you ask? For starters, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is brought to us by the same people who gave us Happy Feet. Also, Zack Snyder directed it. Yeah, Zack Snyder. Same guy who directed Watchmen the epically epic 300. And, also, Soren is voiced by Jim Sturgess. And he is love. Ahahaha.
Now that I’ve actually seen the movie, I can say this: it does NOT disappoint. The visuals are superb, the attention to detail is awesome, the fights ROCK, and the characterization is perfect. While watching, I almost completely forgot that owls did not, in fact, speak. Or wield swords. Or play lutes.
The slow motion effect? Frequently used, but it’s always appropriate. It doesn’t get old, and it makes me swoon each time.
I think the only thing that may or may not affect its almost perfection is that there are some, very few, parts that drag a teeny tiny bit. But a couple of moments later, the movie makes up for it, so that’s not really a biggie.
On being okay for kids
“But wait,” you parents might interject. “You say the director is the one for 300 and Watchmen. Should I be worried about violence?”
I must be honest: yes, there are fights. Many of them. There will be portrayals of suffering. And yes, some owls…don’t live til the end. But it isn’t really graphic. so I think it will be okay for kids, as long as you watch it with them. Also remember that, like most adventure movies, there will be evil enemies.
On watching in 3D
YES. WATCH ON 3D. IMAX is also good. I haven’t tried watching in a regular cinema, so I can’t say if there’s a big difference or not. But my point is this: watching on 3D—or better yet, IMAX—will give you a more epic, swooshing, spectacular experience.
Also, the Looney Tunes 3D short in the beginning ROCKS.Yey Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner!
By the way, here’s the epic trailer, in case you haven’t seen it yet.
Opening September 24, 2010 across the Philippines, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole will be presented in 3D and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.