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MOVIE REVIEW: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Not many will give a hoot about this kids' movie

Owls of Ga'Hoole: Rates a D.
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I thought Ga’Hoole was an Irish Pub in La Mesa.

This film will help keep my rant about crazy film titles going. And it should end critic Roger Ebert's rant about how horrible 3D looks. This film, just like their movie 300, looks wonderful.

The problem is they don’t have a script that lives up to the fantastic graphics that are reminiscent of Avatar at times.

The movie is so derivative, although with kid films that’s probably to be expected. Instead of Obi Won in Star Wars, urging Luke Skywalker to “Use the force,” the old owl in this tells the young flyer to “trust your gizzard.” (I’m guessing the word “gizzard” was used in this movie about 10 times).

The good vs. evil element is a bit hard to follow during the battle scenes, which are also surprisingly graphic for a kids film (although I found out while reviewing it on TV that it was actually rated PG, not G).

This movie will appeal to bird lovers, and kids between the ages of 8 and 11. Children younger than 8 are probably too young for the violence and kids over 11 will probably be bored.

Adults will certainly enjoy the visuals, they’re quite stunning. Most won’t care for the story.

Sometimes we get lucky, and see an animated film like Toy Story 3 and Up, where the entire family can enjoy every second of it. This isn’t one of those movies.

I’m giving it a D.