by Cherszy (@cherszy)
Dreams take one far beyond what one’s wild imagination brings, but for our fluffy owl friends, not even the sky is the limit as Soren and his friends soar into the treacherous clouds and battle their hearts out to fulfill their destinies, to write a new chapter of owl history, and more importantly, to see a dream metamorphose into a beautiful reality.
From the minds of Kathryn Lasky, John Orloff, and Emil Stern comes such a tale – of a young owl who, in his pursuit to keep his belief of an old tale alive, came to witness a reality he had long dreamed of. And as much as the Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga Hoole presents us with a clichéd plot and a couple of we’ve-seen-those-before conflicts, the film feeds the audience with a special heartwarming feeling that makes it quite magical to watch.
It really is just another tale that tackles good versus evil where the point of the former’s triumph is always achieved – probably something that we must all have grown tired of after all those years of living with fairytales and kiddie movies, but then again, we remember that children are still this film’s main target audience. However, although the point is not to delve into a very complex and twisted story to bridge the message across to kids, the film did not even show attempts of putting a new rhythm to the flow and plot of the story.
Yet, inasmuch as the film reflects another classic children’s story, the Legend of the Guardians redeems itself with its use of an audience emotion connection where it toggles at the moviegoers’ heartstrings with each scene. It makes one want to join Soren and his newfound friends and together, reach a different kind of height, feel a different kind of power above the ground. The movie takes one on a ride where you start off feeling like a child lost in floating dreams and insecurity to find a purpose but where in the end, with a flicker of hope and belief, you feel like you’re the one floating in the fulfillment of your dreams, rocketing to high above the nonexistent clouds, and feeling like you have conquered all those who told you that you can’t and you won’t. Somehow, I personally feel that this is a contemporary version of The Land Before Time, that timeless masterpiece from the 90’s.
The way it can make one feel teary-eyed and touched every now and then is always something special for a film, but what particularly struck the stone of brilliance in this one is its splendid art and animation. The sharpness of the illustrations and the beauty of the sketches of both the characters and the background all give the entire film its dazzle and life. And the visual effects are simply amazing too! They give that added magical factor that provides each scene its unique enchantment. Just beautiful! The art and visual effects departments for this movie are really praiseworthy! Good job you guys!
At the end of it all, apart from falling in love with the exquisiteness of the art, one would fall in love with the charm of the characters as well. And we’re not just talking one character but rather, all characters. Each of them just leaves you with this one distinctly memorable impression that makes all of them stand out together. With that said, I applaud those who voiced over these characters for making them even more lovable. Although, I must admit, Gylfie (voiced by Emily Barclay) remains to be my favorite. She is just so small and cute that it’s impossible not to like her character. And Mrs. Plithiver! She’s just adorable!
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga Hoole, overall speaking, does not bring anything new to the screen that we haven’t seen in the history of movies yet, but the way its story fills us with bright artwork and emotional scenes that makes us feel that no dream is impossible with continuous belief, the film brings itself to a level where it’s something worth remembering at the end of the day. Not exactly le-gen-da-ry as Barney from How I Met Your Mother would say, but really, it’s almost as if it was legendary with how it makes you feel.
Continue chasing your dreams, everyone! Soar like Soren!