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Movie Review: Owls of Ga’Hoole

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Basic Premise:
Soren, a young owl, must prove to the world and himself that the legends of the guardians are true. And they need to be if he hopes to save his family and all owl-kind from the coming evil.

It seems shorts before feature films are catching on again (thank you Pixar). WB gave us a short titled “Fur of Flying”. Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote make an appearance in 3D. It was funny though a bit harsh. I think the writers are actually trying to kill off Wile instead of just torturing him. I actually felt sorry for the guy. One of these days, that road runner is going to get what’s coming to him.

The hubby and I saw this in IMAX 3D. It was GORGEOUS. The amount of detail is breathtaking. This production team is worth their weight in gold and they should all get raises after something this stunning.

That’s the good news. What’s the bad news, you ask. Well… let’s just say it’s a good thing this movie is so pretty because the plot is predictable. Having a predictable plot isn’t always a deal-breaker with me. Thanks to the beauty of the feature I was able to ignore my ability to know exactly what would happen next.

The thing that annoyed me the most about this movie was the lack of a sense of time. At no point can you tell how much time is passing. It jumps from one full moon to the next, but stuff happens in between the full moons and there’s no way to tell how long that stuff is taking. My kingdom for a montage. They may be played out and cliche, but there’s a reason people keep using them. They act as a valuable time-keeping device. I was left feeling like everyone in the film was some kind of prodigy since they learned everything so quickly.

You meet characters you think will be important but disappear almost as quickly as they arrive. I’m sure they’ll show up in the sequel, which the ending hinted at. Since this movie is based on a series of books, I’m guessing the hint may be true.

Parents, this movie is very kid-friendly. There is some violence but nothing blatant. All the really harsh stuff is “off-camera”. You know some dies but you don’t get to see them killed. The pretty colors and talking birds kept most of the kids quiet throughout the movie.

Oh, and one last thing, for those who are wondering and thought this may be the case. The humans didn’t do it. As you know this is a film by the people who did Happy Feet. I figured there would be another heavy-handed message at the end of the movie about deforestation or some such. Nope. Nada. Nothing. Zilch. No PSA. Just a fun family film.

Smurf’d – I plan to see this movie just because I was a HUGE fan of the show when I was a kid. It’s one of the few cartoons I can re-watch now and not feel the need to bang my head against a wall.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – I’m looking forward to this but I’m also wondering if I should just wait until July and go see the inevitable double feature I know my theater will do when the second part releases. But then, I’ll be the only one who hasn’t seen the first part when it comes out in November. Decisions. Decisions.

Megamind – New, extended preview. I’m going to see it in theaters. I waffled on this because it looked predictable but this new preview did it’s job. I want to see it now.

Tron – So a little bit of movie trivia while waiting for Ga’Hoole to start. The costume budget (JUST the costume budget) for Tron was $13 million. One… only ONE suit for the cyclists cost $60,000. All I can say is DAMN. If they are dropping that kind of money, at least I know the special effects will be worth IMAX prices. Also, I have a guess as to who the young Jeff Bridges character is. It’ll be interesting to see if I’m right come December.

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