Gladiatorial owls? Talk about ruffling feathers.
Based on thenovels by Kathryn Lasky, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is an eye-popping, animated 3-D combat film where the winged adversaries wear armor on beaks, breasts, and talons.
In the film directed by Zach Snyder, maker of the stylized martial mash-up 300, the owls are gorgeously rendered. (Every feather is distinct: how do animators write an algorithm for that?) The swooping talon-on-talon contests are like airborne ballet.
The movie is beautiful but, for one unfamiliar with the source material, confusing. I needed an owl scorecard.
In this allegory of good and evil - think Harry Potter with wings - three owlet siblings are kidnapped by Tyto (barn owls), "the pure ones." They plan to indoctrinate the owlets and send them into battle against the "Guardians," knights of the owl kingdom.