Movies based on books, short stories, novels & novellas, poems, etc.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
On his way to finding a legend...he will become one.
Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie's, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga'Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie's. The film is based on the first three books in the series.
I am in a state of utter disbelief. Zack Snyder might be a genius. That was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It made my heart soar. Tears flowed from beginning to end. These owls were infinitely adorable. It's the most visually breathtaking animated film around. The film features beauty beyond words. Wow. I love Zack Snyder.
A fun, gorgeous, adventure film. I love the reality rooted design of the characters and so many of the the animation subtleties.
Some hideous music selections are the only things that bring this movie down for me.
At least the animation is pretty.
The beats of the story can't help but feel familiar and predictable, but Guardians manages to succeed despite these limitations. Mostly thanks to director Zack Snyder, whose eye for action and beautiful CGI make this one a lot of fun to watch, if nothing else.
Zack Snyder; some people love him, some people hate him, some people go "who?" when you mention him (not an intentional owl pun).
Personally, I'm a fan of his. Dawn of the Dead was a great way to kick-start your career in a stylish and entertaining remake of one of my favourite films. He brought something new and unique to a newly revived genre.
In both 300 and Watchmen I think he showcased how his own brand of action and comic-book esque visuals can work on screen. He got the blend of violence, dark humour and compelling story just right.
I've not seen Sucker Punch yet (I've only heard people either raving or ranting about it) and I'm sure that…
Since it was announced recently (to the joy of some and detriment of others) that Zack Snyder will be directing the Justice League movie in 2017 (following his Batman/Superman movie), I decided to watch this strange owl movie that he directed in 2010. It was just as bad as I imagined, and I still have no idea why he thought it would be a good idea to direct a computer generated movie about owls fighting. Even if I could tell you what was going on, I never really cared. I am not sure why it's ranked 7.0 on IMDB unless an army of passionate 11-year olds did that.
Damn, I actually really really like this movie. The animation style and execution is phenomenal. It's got some dark material going on for a "family adventure" film.
My only real problems with it ate some of the exposition can feel a little overbearing (probably meant for the younger viewers, which is fine). And there's a Montage bit that plays out like a music video. I really like the editing for that particular part, though I don't think the song used really fits with the rest of the film.
Overall though, really great animated film that I hope to hear more people discuss in future years. Lots of great stuff happening in this.
First and foremost, this movie is undeniably gorgeous. From a technical standpoint, this is an incredibly impressive thing to watch. More than five years removed, I'm hard pressed to think of many other films that have pushed the medium to such lofty visual heights. The action scenes are fantastic to watch (armoured owl dogfights?!). Rain and snow, fire and lightning, metal and feathers - all beautifully realized.
Clearly planned as the first in a franchise, we are bombarded with world details and character introductions aplenty which set the groundwork for a series that never came to fruition; which unfortunately bogs this one down with exposition.
It's a generic journey, but it gets by almost entirely on it's amazing visuals.
P.S. - It's worst offence? Using an Owl City song... A bit obvious.
nice family movie...
Back in 2006, Warner Bros. became part of the "penguin movie craze", and won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature with "Happy Feet" (a decision by the Academy that still bothers me).
Four years later the studio may be trying to start an "owl movie craze" with "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole", but this movie has no chance of taking home any statues come awards season.
"Legend of the Guardians" is based on the popular book series, Guardians of Ga'Hoole. At the beginning of the film we meet Soren, a young owl who lives in a tree with his family. Soren has always dreamed of meeting and then becoming one of the famous Guardians of Ga'Hoole, a…
The animation in this movie is so flawless that it almost makes up for the bad of this movie. The bad being how generic the plot is, how uninspired the characters are, the humor falling flat, there's literally at least 15 scenes that involve slo-mo, and that they snuck in a training montage scene to an Owl City song. Still, I like to watch it every now and again because I can't get enough of the animation.
I like this film a lot. It's pretty obviously made to be seen in 3-D, a technology I do not possess, or desire to possess. Aside from that, the story is entertaining and interesting. The voice acting is pretty good, and the visuals are wonderfully done. I think this is a gorgeous film, and the art direction is top notch.
An unjustly overlooked film.
This movie was a lot better than I expected it to be. It has gorgeous visuals and a decent plot. However, I did feel that it was a little all over the place tonally. For example, cutting directly from a montage that features Owl City music to a serious speech by the main villain. It just doesn't work all that well. I mean, why even put Owl City music into a fantasy movie? I can understand during the credits but mid-way through the movie? No Mr. Snyder, the fact that the band's name features the word owl is not a good enough excuse.
But overall, I had a lot of fun watching this movie and it's clear that the animation team put a lot of hard work in to create the stunning visuals that accompany the tale of Soarin' Over California and Ra's Al Ghul. (Sorry, I spent the whole movie waiting to make that pun. :D)
Beautiful and action packed, though the story itself is a little underwhelming.
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This is my ranked list for movies that I've seen that were released in 2010!