Director: Zack Snyder

Starring: Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Emily Barclay Joel Edgerton, and Ryan Kwanten.

Alright lets get down to business. The first thing on my mind is the new Zack Snyder flick, Legend of The Guardians, The Owls of Ga’Hoole. It’s based on a series of best selling children novels by author Kathryn Lansky.  The first three books are condensed into a 3D Computer Generated fest directed by the bloke who made Watchmen, the worlds biggest fan film.

It’s basically a coming of age tale where two Owls Soren (Sturgess) and Kludd (Kwanten) who are abducted by two owls who work for Metalbeak (Edgerton) and Nyra. ( Dame Helen Mirren), Soren escapes alongside elf owl, Gylfie (Barclay) but not before Kludd betrays him. After being told stories about the “Guardians of Ga’Hoole” by his father, Soren sets out to find the Guardians in an attempt to save his brother and Ga’Hoole.

I find it hard to comment on this film, first things first despite  being visually aesthetic especially when Soren is flying amidst a rain swept sky and Snyder using his trademark” fast and then slow-mo” shots, the film fails with an uninteresting storyline, I don’t think many cinemagoers are going to see a bunch of CG owls fighting it out.

But on the other hand, if you’re a parent and your son or daughter is dragging you to see this I can’t blame you apart from the “Ooh shiny” aspects, a short Wile E Coyote and Roadrunner “Fur Of Flying” will tickle your fancy.  To cartoon fans of a certain age it will bring back memories of  classic WB cartoons. After so many years being realised on animated celluloid they’ve undergone a pixellated makeover, they look and feel as hilarious as ever. 

In fact this is the only reason why I’ll recommend Legend of the Guardians for a bunch of boring owls outsmarted by a bunch of feuding 60 year old toons sums it up I think.

3 stars by Neil Patel