Predictable. If the Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, which opened today could be summed up in a single word, that would be it. Predictable, but far from being terrible.
“Guardians” as it is often shortened, is a classic tale of good versus evil, much in the likeness of the “Lord of the Rings” saga, with the notable difference that the characters, are owls.
The story begins, as these often do with a young dreamer and his family, growing up in relative calm, when they are suddenly thrust into chaos. They are taken captive by the very evil that the boys had heard stories of, and that had been typically dismissed as myth.
However the threat, is very real. One brother escapes from captivity, and the other stays behind and joins the captors in waging war on the Guardians, a race of owls sworn to protect what is good. An unstable peace is torn apart and brother fights against brother.
The 3D version may enhance the experience for movie goers, as virtually th entire film is done while flying, given that the characters are birds, but this may also make one ill.
Also, cliche’ enough, songs for a movie about cities of owls, are played by Owl City in the soundtrack.
Though the story is predictable, as recycled as it seems, it may be just what Hollywood has been missing in a family-oriented film. In a theater landscape riddled with anti-heroes and often no clearly defined enemies, it is refreshing to see such contrast of good and evil. It is nice to know who to root for.
Every aspect of the film has been done, and better, but being based on a children’s book series ensures that it’s family-friendly entertainment.
Or, you could just watch The Lion King and Lord of the Rings and have virtually the same experience.
4 stars out of 10