Updated: Dec 22, 2019
Soren (a Barn owl) makes new friends and journeys to the Great Tree. He must learn to be brave and help the Guardians of Ga'Hoole fight against Metal Beak and his evil army.
Myth. Legend. Fantasy. The Owls of Ga’Hoole are guardians of peace. Protecting the owl kingdom from danger. In the opening scene, Eglantine (Soren’s sister) holds her breath, captivated by her brother’s description of the legend of the guardians. Little do the siblings know of the fantastic adventure that awaits them when Soren and Kludd (his brother) get kidnapped by evil owls. When Kludd’s jealousy of Soren turns to hatred, he becomes one of the evil owls.
What fun can heroes have, if there aren’t any villains to defeat? Metal Beak, (Joel Edgerton) is a menacing villain. His minions, ‘Pure’ owls play their part to perfection, blindly following Metal Beak’s orders. They enslave helpless owlets to make them warriors or slaves. The evil-minded ‘Pure ones’ follow a ‘hierarchy’ of strong over weak and want to rule the owl kingdom. This contrasts sharply with the nobility of the guardians
Soren meets Gylfie and they escape together. They eventually reach the Great Ga’Hoole Tree where the guardians train them to fight Metal Beak’s army.
Eyzlryb, voiced by the great Geoffrey Rush, is an important owl at the Great Tree. He stands up for Soren and his friends when they need help. He even teaches them to fly in a storm. He helps Soren understand what being a hero really means, “Well, this is what it looks like when you've actually fought in battle. It's not glorious, it's not beautiful, it's not even heroic.” he says, chuckling towards the end, “It's merely doing what's right, and doing it again and again, even if someday you look like this.”
“It's merely doing what's right, and doing it again and again, even if someday you look like this.”
The characters, funny and easy-going, are flawed on purpose, making them all the more real. Good always conquers evil. Only a great movie can express this uniquely, and this one does. Deep concepts. Great animation. The movie has its dark moments. In the moon-blinking scene, owls are in a trance, with their stiff wings and white eyes. We are terrified for Soren and Gylfie. It is after all adapted from a book series, but lightens up with Twilight’s silly songs, Digger’s ceaseless antics. The chemistry between all the characters, Soren, Gylfie, Twilight and Digger, brings the Guardians together.
The movie focuses on the little things (sometimes they matter most). The flawless voice-over for Soren's father is surprisingly Hugo Weaving (V for Vendetta).
The film captures the best parts of the book series. It is pretty intense, because of the up-close visuals and breathtaking battle sequences. Owls fighting, mid-flight with their metal talons and swords.
The amazing 3D effects of the movie brings the story to life, director Zack Snyder at his best. The stunning soundtrack includes thirteen tracks by David Hirshfelder and the catchy track ‘To the Sky’ recorded by Owl City specially for the movie. The song is an iconic part of the film, a soaring tune and lyrics that match perfectly. It takes you on an adventure ‘that you’ll never believe’. This is one of those movies you can re-watch, free of guilt, to satisfy that craving for fantasy.