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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole clipped at the wings

Zack Snyder takes this should-be children's film too seriously.

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Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) takes a holiday in animated fantasyland and packs too much of his trademark intensity in his luggage. The movie begins with the kidnapping of two young brothers by an evil owl posse bent on world (or at least treetop) domination. Nice brother Soren wants to escape and prevent the owl apocalypse, while sibling Kludd is seduced by his powerful new masters. They end up on opposing sides in a climactic battle between the good-guy Guardians and the bad guys in MF Doom-style metal masks. The action is thrilling and stunningly photographed, but also unapologetically vicious. The more troubling issue, though, is the dearth of comic relief. Snyder’s overly serious take on what is ostensibly a children’s film keeps Legends from taking full flight.

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Official Site: www.legendoftheguardians.com

Director: Zack Snyder

Writer: John Orloff, John Collee and Kathryn Lasky

Producer: Zareh Nalbandian

Cast: Emily Barclay, Abbie Cornish, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony LaPaglia, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Hugo Weaving

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