Saturday, July 02, 2011

Things I Learned From Movie X: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

A truly mindbogglingly strange and terrible film this time around, as I sink my teeth into the meaty morsel that is Zack Snyder's foray into family entertainment, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls and Ga'Hoole.

Horribly misconceived on more or less every level, Legend of the Guardians is one of those films that is so relentlessly odd that it becomes entertaining because of its failings, rather than despite them. Plot, character development, world-building, all of them are pretty much missing or used in entirely the wrong way, as best illustrated by the character of Klubb (Ryan Kwanten), a young owl who more or less decides that he wants to join the genocidal owls that are the film's villains because they believe in him. It's pretty spectacularly dumb, but in a way which is fascinating. It's like watching a movie that's been written by someone who has suffered blunt cranial trauma.

On the plus side, it's very pretty. If you want to see photo-realistic owls fight in slow-motion, then you really can't go wrong. Also, you're a fucking freak.