Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Warner Bros.

Directed by:

Zach Snyder

Starring:

Voices of Jim Sturgess as Soren; Ryan Kwanten as Kludd; Emily Barclay as Gylfie; Helen Mirren as Nyra; Joel Edgerton as Metal Beak; Geoffrey Rush as Ezylryb; Anthony LaPaglia as Twilight

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

From the outside, brother owls Soren and Kludd don't appear to be all that different. On the inside, though, they couldn’t be further apart. Soren loves listening to stories of the great Guardians of Ga'Hoole—noble owls who once beat back an evil band known as the Pure Ones. Kludd, on the other hand, scoffs at that idea.

Kludd and Soren end up tumbling out of their tree, getting snatched up by the minions of the Pure Ones and swept off to a secret lair. While Kludd is selected to be a future soldier, his brother ends up in the slave labor corner of the camp. Things aren't looking good for Soren. And it appears that a massive attack on the owls is being planned. There's only one hope left: Someone must soar across the seemingly endless miles of sea to the fabled tree of Ga'Hoole and warn the Guardians.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is an epic adventure of heroism and bravery. Soren and his band of misfit owls have to face impossible odds to save the owl kingdom. Each one in the group selflessly puts his or her life on the line. The Guardians, too, are willing to sacrifice and even go to war for the needs of their kin. There are some intense scenes, though, including owls forced into slave labor, beatings and many scenes of war.

This film is full of gorgeous animation and very realistic owls, which is a treat. As an epic tale of great heroism and bravery, it lifts us up and encourages us to make good choices in the face of difficult odds. It entertains while reminding us of where our hearts should be. Those lessons are helpful when facing a scary test at school or standing by a friend in need. Overall, the film could be considered Lord of the Rings with owls, which is a good comparison for the kind of action to expect.

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