Friday, 25 February 2011

Legends of The Guardians: DVD Review

Legends of The Guardians: DVD Review

Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Rating: PG
Released by Roadshow Entertainment

In the latest animated fare to hit, Jim Sturgess plays Soren a young barn owl whose life is full of the tales of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, who, legend says are there to protect the kingdom.

But his brother Kludd (True Blood's Ryan Kwanten) isn't so impressed and is a little jealous of the way their father spends more time with Soren.

One day while the pair are learning how to fly, they're captured by two minions of the evil MetalBeak - and the brothers find their allegiances split as they take opposing sides in a battle against the owls.

Beautiful, sumptuous kingdoms are brought to life by stunning use of CGI; the owls themselves are given such depth and detail that they stand out. The landscapes and scenery are so wonderful that you're drawn into the kingdom of Gahoole with ease.
Coupled with a soaring soundtrack that evocatively captures every mood (from learning to fly to the final attack), it's clear the film makers have spared no expense.

Narratively though, it's a little lacking with some parts of the story slightly muddy in places and it's only thanks to the fact it looks so good and is well animated, that it's a success.

Extras: The new Wile E Coyote short which was on in cinemas and a doco about how important owls are.

Rating: 7/10 

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