Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) - Animation, Action, Adventure

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When a young owl is abducted by an evil Owl army, he must escape with new-found friends and seek the legendary Guardians to stop the menace.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving
Length: 97 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 16 out of 170 found boring (9.41%)

One-line Reviews (170)

I highly recommend it to all!!!

Visually splendid but very grim and very confusing this owl movie is basically a computer animated version of LORD OF THE RINGS and HAPPY FEET and AVATAR and CLASH OF (just a few) TITANS with beautiful owls.

All the visuals are pretty much breathtaking (for an animated film).

the most spectacular visually stunning animation I've ever seen .

The betrayals and "plot turns" are extremely predictable and typical clichés of almost every children's adventure story.

And it seems Snyder takes advantage of all these possibilities to make some truly visceral scenes full of sweeping airborne shots and gracious camera movement that captures every exciting moment this film has to offer.

The Owls movement whilst flying is exciting, matched with Snyder's ability to direct action very well, you could easily mistake it for some of the best aerial photography.

The animation is breathtaking.

Mediocre and predictable CG adventure .

and beside the visuals the other good thing that made the movie entertaining is the voice acting.

This is a wonderful action adventure that will appeal to young and old, and was even suspenseful at times.

Also it is a choppy story and very hard to follow as so many of the owls look alike.

IF we can be totally entertained by stunning 3D visuals that take us on flights of fantasy like those of Avatar, this animated feature would definitely be as successful as that James Cameron epic.

With that said, the movie was rather enjoyable.

Every scene had me, and it was great to share this film with my son, as he enjoyed it just as much as I did.

I find "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" rather boring.

The landscapes are absolutely breathtaking, Monsoons are shimmering and talons glistening, this brings out the best in Snyder's heavily artistic directing style, and has adorned this movie with graceful battle scenes, beautifully blended with his signature slow motion shots at the perfect moments.

This would be a great film to watch with the family young and old because everyone will be entertaining and there will be times where your jaw will simply drop at the scenery.

But this review is primarily intended to inform parents of younger children that despite the movie's pleasant, fluffy trailers, it is an extremely intense film!

There ended up being quite a few cliché moments, and goofy scenes that were not needed.

Nevertheless, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole uses its technical expertise in order to disguise a trite, predictable and uninteresting story, which is built on the basis of the same clichés and archetypes we have already seen too many times: from the underrated main character who fights against its insecurity in order to triumph on its mission, to the wise mentor who intuits the potential from the main character, without forgetting the obligatory "comic relief" and the villains lacking of any deepness and description beyond their evilness.

There are several breathtaking scenes in the movie that seriously demand an IMAX 4d feel.

This very dark kid's cartoon tells a trite and predictable good versus evil story, with owl-enslaving owls who talk about conquest and purity set against owls who just go around being noble because that's just what they do.

I was simply too immersed into the film to really notice.

Stunning animation just isn't enough to give this formulaic action/fantasy film wings.

It's absolutely breathtaking to see it in 2D alone, I watched it in 3D and had a hard time closing my stuck jaw afterwords!

The story was well interwoven which suited the animation as it was adventurous and quite gripping too.

This is one of the most gorgeous looking films I have ever seen, with stunning use of 3D, and it is worth watching just for that.

And the trailer says the movie is "breathtaking" to be honest "How to Train your Dragon" was more breathtaking (and goosebumps worthy) than this.

And even when this isn't exactly something so great as "The Lord of the Rings" from Peter Jackson, I found it to be more enjoyable than most of the animated films released in the 2010.

2D was tedious and painful enough.

The plot is exciting and gripping, the characters are likable (some a little quirkier than others) and it has a nice hint of comedy within it all.

Strangely, it's the supporting characters - the villains and the Guardians themselves - who provide the most interesting, and sometimes the most compelling characters.

This movie is immersed in all three and is simply too good not to see.

Though thinly true to source material, still very enjoyable.

The action is pretty exciting (especially in 3D).

However due the extraordinary work which is put in to the animation, cast and music 'Legend of the Guardians' is a very watchable and enjoyable movie.

That said, the film will be enjoyed by older children and adults, for the animation is very nice and the story still is compelling.

With a great script and professional acting, this visually breathtaking film is a lot darker than the usual "talking animals" cartoon; war is waged and characters get killed in this movie.

Overall it may seem somewhat of a let down to the readers of the series since it lacks the depth and intimacy of the books making it somewhat bland to watch.

Every frame was mind blowing, the designs of scenery were so stunning it made my eyes water at its sheer majesty.

The music is intriguing and the art style is just marvelously done!

There are definitely the moments where you can see Snyder's signature slow-mo epic-ness but over all it feels like its lacking and adults and kids a like might feel a bit bored.

The animation was breathtaking, the plot was a lot more detailed and intricate than I expected, and you felt like you were being taken on a journey into another world...

With pop songs to pep it up, stunning slo-mo's and popularised dialogue, The Legend Of is squarely intended for a demanding, modern teenage audience.

His trademark eye for breathtaking visuals and exquisitely-handled action directing is on full display here.

The world that this movie takes you to is also very intriguing and believable even if you are not into owls that much.

Despite the child-friendly rating, Legend of the Guardians is a quite unusual cartoon in that it tackles an unexpected subject alongside the familiar epic themes (avian racism?

Probably the movie's strongest point, the 3D compliments the movie very well and makes you feel like you are part of this breathtaking world.

CGI fighting gets tiresome fairly quickly.

Unfortunately I left the theater disappointed.

Snyder obviously excels in the action department, even if the in-flight battles become repetitive.

The animation is spectacular and the scenery is breathtaking.

There's some truly stunning things in this movie.

The exciting flying scenes - reminiscent of those in "Avatar"- are quite breathtaking, and the shots of lush, dark forests and vast seascapes are equally sumptuous.

It blends seamlessly into the fast paced action sequences.

Boring .

The animation is some of the best around because everything looks so stunning.

Still the adventure, the stunning characters, the evil villains and the story of heroism and war is simply awesome.

Despite its minor shortcomings and wasted potential for a film with smarter, more mature themes, Legend of the Guardians is still immensely entertaining.

Whilst watching this I was amazed at the visuals, the animation, from every feather, every rain drop, truly visually a stunning piece of CGI art!

Otherwise I'd highly recommend it.

It should be seen in 3d or IMAX for a full thrilling experience.

Though the story moves at a fairly quick pace, you will be immersed in what develops, as the writers did well to implement essentials to the storyline with comprehensible dialogue.

The textures are rich, the colors and panoramas are breathtaking, and all of this is complimented by a great coming of age tale.

This film is predictable.

The characters are engaging also especially Soren, who you identify with every step of the way, and the voice cast with the likes of Jim Sturgess, Helen Mirren, Hugo Weaving, Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Miriam Margoyles and Anthony LaPaglia are superb.

And in the first half it looks like it could work for grown-ups too, with a healthy balance between funny banter and exciting action, with a few shocks along the way (characters get tortured and all).

This motion picture of superb storytelling embraces a strange representation of good and evil and turns out as one of the most exciting, thought provoking, action adventures of all time.

The fight sequences and the action is all very exciting and fun to watch on the big screen.

Guardian's is a film that takes the liberties 3D and photo realistic CGI have to offer, like Avatar, to make a world and characters larger (or smaller) than life to let your mind be soothed into something beautiful, mystical, and most importantly, entertaining.

Good technical aspects, but the film is very boring .

I struggle to find "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" entertaining.


The movie was dark and from time to time confusing.

The visuals are sometimes breathtaking, the jokes are so clever they seem like they've never been told before, you could really sense the emotion of every character, it reminded me so much of epic tales like Duncton Wood and Watership Down and the dialogue is so, so well done.

The humor in Dragon is appropriate, witty, and snappy.

The so-called intense scenes consists of owls flying fast or fighting with each other with their paws and wings, which is not visually very exciting.

The use of slow motion effects in an animated feature was stunning!

There are few things in the movie which happens in pretty predictable way.

I'm not too fond of tales and owls, but the story in this film was actually quite enjoyable.

I know it's a family movie but with a story so stunning an extra 45 minutes would of worked wonders for plot development.

In the Tyto Forest in Australia/Tasmania are two brothers, Soren (Jim Sturgess) and Kludd (Ryan Kwanten), who are just on the edge of fledging the nest.

Familiar and rushed, but enjoyable and fun.

This is one of the most visually stunning movies I have ever seen.

Additionally, the owls are sometimes lookalikes that add to the confusion of a fairly intricate plot for kids.

This movie is stunning at least and majestic at best, even if the plot is a little dull.

Running at 97 minutes, Legend of the Guardians sets up its world and characters then movies its story along at a snappy pace.

But even that is nothing compared to the harrowing climactic aerial battle between the good owls (the Guardians) and the evil marauders (known quite inaptly as the Pure Ones), a pure adrenaline rush that will set the hearts of both children and adults racing.

On top of the confusing names and similar appearances, there was a general lack of character development.

The film is entertaining and will help you keep afloat till the end.

But regardless, I really enjoyed it.

This is one of the more engaging and beautiful works I've seen recently.

The action scenes got slightly predictable after about ten seconds, you know what was going to happen, who was going to attack, who was going to get attacked, etc.

Either way it is constantly moving, and gaining new energy, making it entertaining.

Overall , a very well crafted film with splendid CGI effects and thrilling experience.

second, the story( though differing at many points from the series) is enjoyable for a film.

Don't worry this is a dark movie at some moments, but that makes the hopeful moments and the ending that much more enjoyable.

At times also, while never dull, not too preachy(even with the death, slavery and indoctrination) and well-meaning, as well as maintaining a serious tone despite some of the writing, the story is rather formulaic and rushed in how it is told.

With that being said, Guardians is an engaging and relatively intense movie from start to finish.

' This time, he turns attention to the fantasy genre, making one of the most visually stunning animated films of all time.

In conclusion, it is a pity that the solid technical work from the Australian studio Animal Logic was wasted in an ordinary and bland story which bored me to tears.

They are also the intense parts that might deter young children from enjoying the film.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is one of the most crisp, smart, and entertaining animated films I've ever seen!

Within the Pixar Dominated, Slapstick Permeated, Cookie-Cutter animated generation we currently live in, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Directed by Zack Snyder ("300" & "Watchmen"), breaks this pedestrian mold through its Captivating Visuals, Engaging 3D, and its Lord of the Rings-like Odyssey.

From the story telling and compelling characters to the mind-blowing visuals, this movie has it all.

Highly entertaining for both children and adults.

only to be bitterly disappointed by the movie's confusing narrative, borrowed from fairy-tales (mainly H.

They were just breathtaking.

"How To Train Your Dragon" and especially "Toy Story 3" are stunning in terms of quality and technicalities.

The movie is short and exciting and, while it seems like it is just another CGI talking animals kids movie, Zack Snyder's unique visual flare makes it much more than that.

It's way too intense and mature for my younger child, who sat on my lap throughout and hid her face several times.

That this animated movie has been given a consumer advice here of "some intense sequences" is no coincidence, and parents may just want to take note that there are certainly darker elements (among them the quasi-fascist group of Pure Ones owls) here compared to the regular fare from Pixar or DreamWorks.

More like the same story line which may seems mundane is big fantasy movies like 'Lord or the Rings' or 'Chronicles of Narnia'.

A great action packed ride of a few young owls trying to find the legendary Guardians from their bed time stories.

Just by the poster you can tell that it is most definitely a visually stunning movie to enjoy!

Zack Synder's first animated movie soars with magnificent beauty in every animated frame and breathtaking action that will please audiences young and old alike .

I know I'm echoing many previous reviewers, but the graphics and visual effects of this movie were simply stunning.

It is inspirational, breathtaking, humorous and educational with all the essentials of an all in all great story and movie.

is really a piece of gems in the list of 2010 blockbusters.. The kids gonna love this movie and even adults will find themselves amazed how this movie is so captivating and story is so entertaining that its sequel will receive a much more grand opening then its predecessor.. i am waiting impatiently for the next part..the movie is studded with the captivating animation in high details which amazes its viewer and makes it a winner on technical platform.. story is refreshing and screenplay which is based on a book doesn't disappoint and speed of story is good.

I believe this film to be enjoyable by both kids and adults of any age.

It was foretold that some day a great composer would team up with a great director to produce an amazing epic complete with an outstandingly immersive soundtrack to generate a complete suspension of disbelief in perfect synergy with stunning multi-dimensional visuals.

There are many things in the movie which happen too fast and become pretty predictable, like 1.

It's a very tried and true story line, but still enjoyable.

There are really good moments in this movie, including a terrifically exciting escape scene and an amusing bit with a porcupine soothsayer, and the animation is technically very well done, even if I find this sort of hyper-realism rather dreary, but overall this is a rather dull Star Wars wannabe.

Overall, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga-Hoole isn't a masterpiece, but with excellent animation, a solid voice cast with likable characters, epic action set pieces, and a beautiful music score, this is a film that will always be worth watching.

Looking back through the cast list the only names that I can pick out and tell you which character it was was "Soren" who is the main character, and "Twilight" and "Digger" who have the most normal and un-confusing names.

It's slow and lack of climax.

Awesome visuals, mundane story .

An enjoyable if predictable fantasy film .

The confusion over who is who is exacerbated by characters named ?

Mind-numbingly dull and viciously frightening scenes alternate with incomprehensible dialog.

The plot was simplistic and a bit rushed, but enjoyable nonetheless.

The story is a tat predictable, it has fantasy story elements we have seen before, younglings being turned slaves and mining for some sort material, this time metal, the sibling rivalry between two brothers manifesting into them joining different fractions, the Guardians being a white knight force and young characters forced onto a quest into the unknown.

It's a pity, because this movie has a fairly high emphasis on action scenes, and I feel like I would have enjoyed it much more if I was actually able to tell what was going on during a lot of these moments.

Its very entertaining, without being too silly as animations sometimes tend to be since many are are targeted to children, it has a 'dark' feeling at times which make it more enjoyable.

This is due to the animation, which is absolutely, spectacularly stunning.

Not sweet enough for children, too formulaic for adults, Legend of the Guardians finds itself in limbo and therefore questionable box office clout.

Besides of "How to Train your Dragon" the trailer of this movie is more breathtaking than the movie itself.

Visually stunning .

All of this made the movie seem way too long.

Watch it for the Stunning Animation and nothing more .

It's a tad too intense and scary for kids with abductions, and brothers killing brothers.

Many scenes of the owls in flight are simply breathtaking.

They are effective, if rather intense.

I do think it will eventually gain ground from DVD sales once the word gets out that it's unusually stunning and well-written, and my 7 year-old granddaughter is completely awestruck every time she watches it, which is often, so young children can understand and be touched by the plight of good fighting evil, even when it's beautifully animated owls.

A stunning piece of CGI art.

I can safely say that not only is LOTG one of the best, most enjoyable animated films to come out this year, it's certainly one of the best 3D ones too.

Slow RLY .

My 8yr old loves this movie, and so do I, it is very compelling.

The movie is blessed with superb voice acting from Sturgess, Helen Mirren, Anthony LaPaglia, Weaving and, in particular, Geoffrey Rush, Of course, what really makes it work are the stunning visuals.

It was breathtaking.

His first family-friendly movie comes adapted from the first three books of the bestselling "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" by Kathryn Lasky, and it is a fantasy-adventure that soars with pure unadulterated exhilaration and absolutely stunning visuals.

I really hate to give it a 6 since I adored the book series and ever wished it to be made into a film, but I left empty and uninvigorated to hope for another film.

My 353rd Review: Truly stunning visuals coupled with a moronic, sadistic script = NO-ONE wins...

Still one is most likely to remember the gorgeous and intricate visual design on display- every carefully rendered detail from the environments to the owls and the combination of both in a series of thrilling and breathtaking action sequences gorgeously portrayed in 3D.

The animation alone made this movie worthy of a 10 in my opinion, from the fast paced 3D action scenes, to the breath-taking slow motion storm scene (which you can see in the trailer).

Soren and Eglantine delight with the narrative, but the jealous Kludd gets bored and upset with the tales of the protectors of the Kingdom of Ga'Hoole.

The immaculate birds of prey are so stunning to look at and when they are animated and given so much movement and life it becomes a real treat.

I found it boring repetitious and visually a mess.

My kids were bored.

The movie relies heavily on contrived traditional story-telling devices without the benefit of careful build-up or dimensional characters to make us care.

This has to be the best animated film you can find and I'll tell you why, its an absolute visual feast, the effects are just breathtaking and the story has a real LORD OF THE RINGS feel to it, I've often described this film as an art film because of the tremendous attention to detail and the occasional slow motion scene where it shows off its great detailed animation the most.

Animations are stunning (feathers' detail are amazing, eyes look alive), excellent use of slow-motion technique and great voice acting.

Very enjoyable watch and in awe of the work put into this film!

Visually stunning .

There was one conflict after another, making for a headache of events to keep in straight as more loud noises and fast paced action added to the list of would-be climaxes.

This is just a movie that you wanted to see in the big screen or else you'll get bored on the small screen.

The owls suffer from the same boring over dramatic dull most fantasy stories suffer from in terms of plot.

On the plus side, it is really one of the most visually beautiful films I have ever seen, the owls are beautifully modelled, but the landscapes, the camera angles, colours and the flying in the storm scene are just breathtaking to watch.