Rated PG · 91 minutes · 2010

Adventure, Animated, Fantasy
Though the title is nearly longer than the 97-minute runtime, Legends has an unusual amount of depth for a children’s film, and it accomplishes this without being condescending. The story—about sentient owls kidnapped by owl-Nazis, who then join up with freedom-loving owl warriors—is weird and complex, but director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) manages it with reasonable ease. There’s a lot of exposition, but it’s woven subtly into the dialogue, and the visual effects are stunning. Floating feathers pop out of the screen in glittery 3-D, and a world of light and mist and fire is cleanly and enchantingly illustrated. Fans of the under-heralded series of books on which the film is based will be very satisfied (though there are significant departures from the written source), and parents won’t be bored taking their owl-loving 10-year-olds to see this mercifully brief and beautiful movie.

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Official Site: legendoftheguardians.warnerbros.com
Director: Zack Snyder
Producer: Zareh Nalbandian, Donald De Line, Deborah Snyder, Lionel Wigram, Chris de Faria, Kathryn Lasky and Bruce Berman
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Emily Barclay, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony LaPaglia, Hugo Weaving, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Abbie Cornish, Miriam Margolyes, David Wenham, Adrienne deFaria, Joel Edgerton, Deborra-Lee Furness, Barry Otto and Richard Roxburgh


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The Coast Halifax Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole clipped at the wings Zack Snyder takes this should-be children's film too seriously. by Matt Semansky 09/30/2010
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, Oct. 1 A protective vampire; an Australian crime family; something from Fight Club's Fincher; a dive becomes the place to be; teens and their virginity; Oliver Stone's long-awaited Wall Street sequel; and the high-school bully finally gets what's due to her. It's all at the movies. 10/01/2010
Colorado Springs Independent No child's play: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Despite some exceedingly familiar genre elements, Guardians proves compelling because it doesn't do everything you expect an animated feature to do. by Scott Renshaw 09/23/2010
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Charleston City Paper The fall 2010 book-to-movie preview Whether the result is good, like The Road, or absolutely horrible, like Ramona and Beezus, or just another dang adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, it's once again the season for filmmakers to turn a notable book into the next great (or terrible) film. Here are some of the lesser-known novels coming to your multiplex before year's end. (As always, release dates are subject to change.) by Scott Renshaw 09/08/2010
Colorado Springs Independent Now a major motion picture! From orphaned owlets to Fincher's Facebook, here's a fall preview of book-to-movie adaptations. by Scott Renshaw 09/09/2010
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Countdown to Zero, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Tapestries of Hope and more. 09/23/2010

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