#SundayReview Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
One of my all time favorite films is the gorgeous Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole. A fully animated film, it tells the story of a young barn owl, Soren, and his brother Kludd, who are kidnapped and recruited to work for an elitist owl faction called the Pure Ones. Soren is forced into slavery whereas his jealous brother is trained as a warrior.
As owlets their father used to tell them tales of magnificent owls called the Guardians who fought for freedom of all and protected the weak. Whilst in captivity, Soren believes the Guardians still exist somewhere and believes if he found them, they would help free the enslaved. An older owl helps Soren and his friend Gylfie–an elf owl–to escape, telling them to find the Guardians and free them all. So begins Soren’s adventure on which he will meet a variety of different owls with brilliant personalities.
What I love about this film is how magical it is. As soon as it starts you are pulled straight into the beauty of it all. The animation is gorgeous, from the wind through an owl’s feathers to suspended droplets of water, every part of the animation and art is detailed and crisp. I mean seriously, check the details in this still!!
Occasionally a great looking film will have a sub-standard story line, or perhaps a bad animation have a good one. But Legend of the Guardians is perfect on both counts. It is based on the first three books in the series written by Kathryn Lasky, and before you cry “But that’s fantasy and you hate reading fantasy!” I haven’t actually read them. I would like to read them and one day I probably will. Like I’ve said before, sometimes it’s good to step out of your comfort zone 😉
I have watched Legend of the Guardians many times. It is my go-to movie when I’m feeling low or ill, and it is the movie which always makes me smile. But I can’t help but feel the movie had a bad run on release. There are many 3 star reviews and I have no idea why it isn’t 5 star across the board. Despite the movie being about lovely fluffy, talking owls, there are scenes of some violence. The plot is heavily focused on elitism, sibling rivalry, hero worship and family ties. So perhaps not quite suitable for the very young. Think Watership Down but with owls, and not quite as soul destroying.
But this is not a negative by any means. The animation itself creates one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen. Superb detail is put in every scene, painstaking research has obviously been undertaken in order to create realistic movements and flights. An owl flying in a storm sounds relatively boring, until you see it.
Every part of this movie is jaw droppingly amazing. I have it on DVD and Blu Ray and am on the lookout for the 3D version so I can watch it in all its glory. Seriously, if you haven’t seen this film and fancy stepping out of reality for a while into a rich and beautiful land, do yourself a favor and find this often looked over gem! I’m off to watch it again 😀
F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE
Posted on June 26, 2016, in #SundayReview, Frankeh Updates, Updates and tagged #SundayReview, 3d graphics, animated movie, animation, barn owl, blu ray, computer generated, dvd, elf owl, film, Kludd, legend, Legend of the Guardians, Movie, owl, owls, Pure Ones, review, Soren, stunning, The Owls of Ga'hoole, tito. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.