The story itself is pretty predictable but incredibly well done. Some rough shit goes down between the brothers but the movie never pulls its punches. It's brutal for a PG movie, with some incredible battle scenes and graphic deaths. The only thing I want to know is how do these owls make their intricate armor and battle helmets. I can't imagine an owl has the talon dexterity to be an expert metallurgist.
Synder's slow motion action scenes may be kinda cliched at this point but they're infinitely better than when a director/editor cuts the shit out of their scenes so you can't see what's going on. The animation studio behind the movie (who also made the fantastic HAPPY FEET) produced one of the most visually impressive animated flicks I've ever seen. The feather effects are mind blowing, as is the sense of scale and the realism of everything on screen.
The cast is great across the board. There's some great macho voices in the cast with Hugo Weaving, Geoffrey Rush and Sam Neill and Jim Sturgess even displayed some charisma as the lead owl Soren. Anthony LaPaglia stood out above everybody though as the loyal warrior owl with a heart of gold and a terrible song to play.
The only negative thing I can say about the movie is that there is an awful pop song about half-way through that momentarily took me out of the animated world I was so completely engrossed in. It's a minor quibble that the movie more than made up for.
- Maximum Kid Mode: Soren guides you through the movie and reveals exciting real-life stories about the owl kingdom--includes two challenges, Armor Up with Soren and Eglantine, and Match the Owl Treats
- Legend of the Guardians: Rise of the Guardians: The owls' legendary bedtime story (2 min)
- True Guardians of the Earth: Digger and Rico Rodriguez host a look into the world of owls - 15 minute educational Documentary
- Looney Tunes cartoon: Fur of Flying (3 min)