"The Lord Of The Rings" With Animated Talking Owls.
STORY: After hearing stories about the legendary Guardians of Ga'Hoole from his father and believing they're real, a young owlet named Soren goes on a journey with a bunch of friends to go find the Great Tree of Ga'Hoole and seek the help of the Guardians in order to stop the evil Pure Ones from taking over the owl kingdoms.
The story was very creative and the style was great, especially since it's an animated epic and there's talking owls, but I wanted just a little bit more detail on the story, and I wished the movie was a few minutes longer than 1hr-and-40mins. I only wanted more prologue and more flashback shots of the Guardians whenever the father was telling Soren his stories, something like the prologue at the beginning of "LOTR: The Fellowship Of The Ring" for example. But the "LOTR" feel of this film and the incredible score by David Hirschfelder help with the movie's story a little bit, and it also did manage to pick up almost every detail for 1hr-and-40mins in an all-right pace which I didn't mind. Overall, I thought the story was pretty good.
ACTING: I had no problems with the acting. The actors and actresses in this movie played their roles perfectly well. We got two actors from the "LOTR" movies and they're David Wenham and Hugo Weaving. They bring in another "LOTR" feel in this film I thought. There's also Helen Mirren, Geoffrey Rush...and even Jim Sturgess who I don't really care about generally, but he did a pretty good job playing the voice of Soren. All the other actors/actresses in this movie I do not know, but they did fine jobs with their voice acting as well.
DIRECTING: Zack Snyder really is a hard-working director. After making two movies based on graphic novels, he decided to move onto making an animated epic tale that's based on yet another book which I never knew until now.
Before seeing this movie, after liking both "300" and "Watchmen," I knew Zack Snyder was gonna do good on this film, and I was right. However, he ALMOST did a perfect job, because he could have made the movie a little bit longer by putting in more detail on the story; but with the excellent animation, cinematography, action sequences, and slow-motion graphics he put in, that shouldn't be any problem because I still think Zack's style is really cool. I wonder how his new upcoming "Sucker Punch" will be though, since that's coming out this March.
VISUALS: The animation and cinematography in this movie was jaw-dropping amazing as I just said! But since I saw it in 3D, that was even better! This is actually the third movie I've seen in 3D. First "Avatar," then "Toy Story 3," and now this: "Legend Of The Guardians!" The fight scenes and action sequences in this film were also great along with the slow-motion graphics which makes them even more awesome all thanks to Zack Snyder!
Oh, and the cinematography of Ga'Hoole in this movie was similar to Rivendell in the "LOTR" movies. It reminded me a lot of it, except it's not Elves nor Hobbits in Rivendell, it's animated talking owls in Ga'Hoole. I thought that was pretty cool.
This movie also has a "300" feel to it as well. The action sequences and slow-motion graphics are similar, but the way the Pure Ones were dressed (the helmets and armor) reminded me of what the Persians wore in "300" (the Immortals). I thought that was pretty interesting too.
OVERALL: This movie really is worth a watch...especially in 3D. Not many people like 3D that much (I kinda agree that 3D is not used well in some movies), but I actually say see it in 3D! It's one of the few 3D experiences that works really well like when I saw "Toy Story 3" earlier this year. But the only thing that's keeping me from giving this movie a complete 5 was because I just needed a little bit more on the story, and I wished the movie was a little bit longer as I said again and again. Other than that, "Legend Of The Guardians" was still entertaining to me and I'm buying the DVD when it comes out, especially since I'm a fan of Zack Snyder's style. Again, I say see this movie in 3D now before it leaves the big screen. It's this year's "The Lord Of The Rings" with animated talking owls.