Legend of the Guardians

Legend of the Guardians: the Owls of Ga'Hoole

Zack Snyder (2010)

92min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Who knew there were so many types of owls? The first animated film from Zack Snyder, director of 300 and Watchmen, is full of the feathery creatures - not to mention being seriously good-looking. Compressing the first three novels of Kathryn Lasky's 15-book series for older children, the action centres on a brace of owl brothers who are kidnapped by an evil owl army. The younger of the two, Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess), then attempts to escape and get help from a mythical group known as the Guardians. The sight of warring owls sporting gladiator helmets and speaking profoundly about gizzards verges on the ridiculous. But Snyder stays serious, helped by the efforts of an accomplished Anglo/Australian voice cast led by Helen Mirren and Geoffrey Rush. So what if the owls' beaks look weird and there's a lot of death, slavery and brainwashing? This is a breathtakingly beautiful film for courageous kids who aren't afraid of heights.

Summary

Two young owls are kidnapped by an evil bird, who intends to brainwash them into becoming his soldiers. They escape from his clutches and go in search of a legendary band of warrior owls, who are the only ones able to stop the feathered tyrant's evil schemes. Animated fantasy based on Kathryn Lasky's novel, with the voices of Jim Sturgess and Ryan Kwanten.

Cast & Crew

Soren Jim Sturgess
Kludd Ryan Kwanten
Eglantine Adrienne DeFaria
Nyra Helen Mirren
Ezylryb Geoffrey Rush
Gylfie Emily Barclay
Digger David Wenham
Twilight Anthony LaPaglia
Allomere Sam Neill
Mrs Plithiver Miriam Margolyes
Boron Richard Roxburgh
Noctus / Grimble Hugo Weaving
Otulissa Abbie Cornish
Director Zack Snyder
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Oct 2010
Drama Children's