Snyder also sets up the film as something of an allegorical look at the human condition and visually reinforces it by painting the film's two dueling sides as being akin to Heaven and Hell. Soren narrowly escapes the lair of the Pure Ones. Kludd is chosen to be a soldier while Soren is selected to be a picker. On the audio side, the track exhibits dialogue that's suitably crisp and music and sound effects that are clear but absent power and body. Reviewed by , December 20, 2010 Just because you can't see something doesn't mean it isn't real. This isn't a fun movie to criticize.
The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole begs to be watched on the largest display possible. Snyder and his screenwriters introduce so many plot threads, so many potential loose ends, so many opposing motives, that they make it next to impossible for themselves to tie everything up in a succinct, satisfying manner. From there, Snyder, Orloff and Stern set the stage for a second owl war; one that hinges on sacrifice, betrayal and, of course, Metalbeak's desire to settle an old score. You can also get an instant mobile notification with our iPhone- or Android app. On that note, black levels excel in every shot; these might be the richest blacks of any 3D release yet, showing absolutely no sign of crush.
They're caught by an overseer named Grimble again Weaving who is secretly planning to revolt against the Pure Ones and its leaders, the disfigured Metalbeak Joel Edgerton and his queen Nyra Helen Mirren. Each villain's voice is weighty and convincing, each young hero's excitable chirps hopeful and brimming with heart, and each veteran warrior's declarations blessed with gravitas and conviction. Listen closely as Soren and Kludd struggle to fend off a forest-floor beast, as a band of fledgling warriors are consumed by a blinding blizzard, as a particularly gifted young owl instinctively navigates a violent storm with his teacher, as the Guardians stage an assault on Metalbeak's lair, or as the newest Guardian braves a forest fire to save his heroes. They spend their time listening to their father's Hugo Weaving stories about the legendary Guardians of Ga'Hoole, a group of owls sworn to protect the owl kingdom from danger and evil. Structurally and thematically, The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is nothing more than a straightforward Adventure film that plays with a standard array of themes that revolve around courage and faith, as in believing that both exist and ultimately finding each one inside and using the inner strengths they engender to win the day. Had the filmmakers had another hour at their disposal, it might have all fallen into place. The owls of The Legend of the Guardians looks so good that they're bound to be mistaken for the real McCoy.
Needless to say, we took a break after that unexpected incident. With each measured coo and snarl, the actors make the owls and kingdoms of Ga'Hoole charming and magnetic; more so than Orloff and Stern's copious dialogue and tiresome plotting could ever achieve. Together hey seek the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians of Ga'Hoole--Soren's only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the kingdoms For more about Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 3D and the Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 3D Blu-ray release, see published by Martin Liebman on December 20, 2010 where this Blu-ray release scored 3. Action effects pack quite a punch and bring with them loud but controlled volume as well as tight and invigorating bass, whether as heard during battle scenes or the sensation of a harsh, gusty cold wind that whooshes around the listening area. It offers listeners a high end big and spacious cinematic feel as every element faultlessly flows from the speakers, speakers that seem to vanish as the soundstage becomes the places of battle, the wide-open skies, and the cozy confines of trees. Every barb, shaft and frayed edge is present and accounted for, the overlapping patterns that emerge are worthy of close examination, and neither wind nor rain undermines their beauty.
Make no mistake, there aren't many filmmakers more perfectly suited for a dark adventure like The Owls of Ga'Hoole than Snyder, and his presence and passion lends the film a serrated edge and visual resonance it might not otherwise have. This is an amazing film from a technical perspective but one that's nevertheless a bit tedious, at first difficult to follow, thematically dull, and generally superfluous. It hasn't taken studios very long to get this Blu-ray 3D thing down pat. While is by far his most conventional film, it doesn't take a trained eye to spot touches of Wicked City, Requiem from the Darkness and Blood: The Last Vampire. Snyder's meshing of cute digital owls and the dark and violent story lines and themes that run through the movie require voice actors who are capable of appealing to both the kids who will come out of the movie wanting a plush Soren and adults who want to instead see the movie as more of a violent but basic depiction of good versus evil taken to the visual and thematic extreme. The voice actors play a critical role in developing the characters as far as the script will allow, and that the characters find a voice is just as important to the final product as it is that they find a purpose in the story, all of which helps the audience differentiate them beyond their varied appearances and allegiances.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole may not be as engrossing an epic as Snyder envisioned, but it is a stunning piece of inspired animation as beautiful as it is flawed. Every movement, gesture and expression is wonderfully owl-like and startlingly human; deadly blades and ornate armor inspires awe rather than amusement; Ga'Hoole's fantasy dreamscapes are dazzling, its seas unending, and its thunder storms frightening; battles are brilliantly choreographed and masterfully framed, and quiet moments are never dull; sun and shadow is used to haunting effect, and wind and rain come to life in their own right. Director: Writers: , Starring: , , , , , Producers: , , , , , » Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 3D Blu-ray Review It looks great, but is there anything else? The track is incredibly balanced with music, dialogue, and every sound effect finding that perfect volume at reference level. Snyder's sensibilities ensure grandeur and scale is apparent in every shot and scene, and his eye for graceful action beats and soaring flights of dark fancy is one of the film's greatest assets. While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father's favor from his younger sibling.
It's gorgeous in every way, but it just feels far too hollow, making it difficult to offer a more glowing review and recommendation. We learn about the mystical land of Ga'Hoole, the mighty owls who rule its kingdoms, a decades-old war between the noble Guardians and the self-proclaimed Pure Ones, the rise of a spiteful adversary called Metalbeak Joel Edgerton and his icy mate Nyra Helen Mirren , and their sinister plot to claim the reins of power from their peaceful brethren. Just one word of warning: The Owls of Ga'Hoole will scare most young children, and even leave older kids covering their eyes on more than one occasion. What The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole will ultimately be remembered for is its advanced visuals. Legend of the Guardians may be a family film, but it isn't family-friendly in the traditional sense.
But fifteen minutes into the awkwardly titled Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, it dawned on me that Snyder has been dabbling in animation all along. The film's strong voice acting brings a much-needed balance to the characters; the voice cast manages a peripherally playful but ultimately serious tone that's reflective of the movie's style. . On the flip side is the Great Ga'Hoole Tree; it's lighter, brighter, friendlier, more inviting, and accented in gold and white colors that give it a clean, regal, Heavenly appearance. Snyder and screenwriters John Orloff and Emil Stern cover a lot of ground in ninety short minutes.
Fortunately, the movie does come together rather nicely. This is an amazing transfer, made all the better by the disc's highly impressive 3D elements. Snyder's impressive ensemble is excellent all around -- I haven't even had a chance to mention Sam Neill, David Wenham, Anthony LaPaglia, Richard Roxburgh, Miriam Margolyes, Deborra-Lee Furness, Bill Hunter, Adrienne DeFaria, Barry Otto and Essie Davis in the course of this review -- with nary a weak actor or misguided delivery to be found. Japanese only if menu is set to Japanese. More distressingly, The Owls of Ga'Hoole wallows in this kind of feather-ruffling exposition and mechanical intrigue for the better part of an hour. Though aimed towards younger audiences, this is actually a fine primer on how digital movies are made.
The digital copy disc, sampled on an iPhone 4, fares well enough but it's obvioulsy nowhere near the quality of the movie. Like , it's as much an animated comicbook as it is a live-action adaptation. Let me cut right to the chase. Perhaps others know him best for his dark take on the world of Superheroes in or his carnivorous Zombie movie. Feathers have long been one of nature's most delicate creations, and each one that graces the screen is incredibly crisp and lifelike. The hosts also interview scientists and environmentalists who encourage viewers to become more aware of the dangers facing owls around the world.