By: Da’Mon Guy
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is an delightful, theme driven showcase that implements some impressive visual imagery to effectively breathe life into a narrative that first appeared in the form of a best selling series of children’s books. The film is a theme driven, enjoyable personification of owls. The movie is a great collaborative effort of Hollywood talent that unite to give the owls life. It features the likes of Jim Sturgess (21), Sam Neil (Daybreakers), Helen Mirren (RED), Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy), Hugo Weaving (The Matrix Trilogy), Anthony Laplagia (All Star Superman), Richard Boxborough (Sanctum), Emily Barclay (Love Birds), Ryan Kwaten (Dead Silence), and Miriam Maragoyles (Happy Feet). The movie is directed by Zach Snyder (300, Watchmen, & Sucker Punch).
Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is a touching, universally appealing story that is commingled with great visuals that transform this into an enjoyable theme driven showcase. The movie is based upon the series of children’s books written by Kathryn Lansky. This mythological story centers on dreamer Soren (Jim Sturgess), a young owl enamored with stories of "The Guardians", a clan of warrior owls who hail from the Tree of Ga'Hoole, and protect the weak from an evil army called the Pure Ones. When Soren and his brother, Kludd (Ryan Kwanten), are kidnapped by these Pure Ones, the stories become reality. Soren escapes and hunts for the Guardians to save the owl kingdom from the Pure Ones, while Kludd slowly becomes one. (Imdb.com)
Legends of the Guardians is an exceptional film as it is embedded with a number of themes that is the driving force of this visual marvel. Not only does it intertwine the overriding ideal of right and wrong but this film speaks volumes about family, courage, prejudice, friendship, loyalty and more than anything the belief in one’s self and an ideal.