Legend of the Guardians

'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole'
Directors: Zack Snyder
Rated: PG for some sequences of scary action
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, David Wenham

Moviefone Mama Says: Zack Snyder making a family movie? It sounds a bit odd at first; he's not exactly a family specialist like Andy Fickman or Chris Columbus. But, in the style of Robert Rodriguez, who manages to create grown-up fare like 'Machete' and kiddie titles like 'Spy Kids,' Snyder uses his stylized approach to action-adventure in this sweeping adaptation about a Barn Owl named Soren. An owlet (Sturgess) who believes in his father's stories about a legendary group of warrior owls that guard all owls from danger, Soren is just the kind of hero children can root for -- even in the face of danger from an "owl supremacist" called Metal Beak (Joel Edgerton) and his dictatorial mate Nyra (Helen Mirren), Soren stays true to his values and bravely embarks on a journey with help from owl friends like Gylfie (Emily Barclay), Digger (Wenham), Twilight (Anthony LaPaglia) and the sage Guardian Ezylryb (Rush) to save the owl kingdom.

Did You Know?: The voice of Soren's older brother and Pure One believer Kludd belongs to Ryan Kwanten, better known as Sookie Stackhouse's brother Jason on HBO's hit vampire soap 'True Blood.'
(Watch Ryan, Jim Sturgess and Zack Snyder in our exclusive Unscripted interview.)

3-D Factor: Definitely one of those rare children's movies that is worth the surplus fee, considering how talented Snyder and the Animal Logic effects team are with creating unique 3D shots.
categories Family Film Guide