Dat Say Dey Gonna Beat Dem Owls?
I hammer out these little screeds just to create
a sort of online diary about my tedious little
life, so that years from now I can look back
and wonder why I, for instance, ever
appreciated Van Camps Pork N' Beans well enough
bawdy limerick about them.
As such, this weekend Beloved Girlfriend and
I took in an IMAX-powered showing of Legends
of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.
I knew nothing about the many books this movie
is based on, all I know is that the film springs
the same talented people who created Happy
Feet, one of
the relative handful of DVD's I keep in The
So what did I get for my $14 American?
Pros: Simply the most gorgeous computer-animated
film yet. Beloved Girlfriend and I were stunned
by the level of detail. It borders on the magical.
The animators must be some kinds of OCD prodigies
as there were too many "hero" feathers
to count. We spent a lot of time nudging each
out some detail that must have been Hell to animate.
Cons: Conventional plot. These were just people
in owl costumes, the author having woven multiple
layers of human technology (music, art,
metallurgy.. yes, metallurgy!) into the life of normal owls. There's
conflict to be sure but they reach resolution through the time-worn technique
of pitched battle. Seriously. Picture owls with swords.
I'm not sure who this film is aimed at. The animation's far too sophisticated
for just a kids film, the plot too simplistic for adults, and there's no romance
to sweeten the pot. Granted, a love story doesn't have to be crammed into every
movie but it's almost entirely what separates this film from Happy Feet.
Big Picture: The minuses far outweigh the negatives, so if you enjoy
animation, go see this one while it's still in theatres.