It's an enjoyable movie! Well it's good, not great. 3.5 Stars.
I really love the fluid graphics, beautiful landscapes, brilliant lighting, fantastic animation and rigging of the characters, etc.
It's really awesome to see the owls in medieval-fantasy style helmets wielding shiny iron blades and talons as weapons. I also think it's really cool that the bats were equipped with blades on their wings, which they swing to slice their enemies.
|Shiny Helmets and Talons.|
|Owl of Darkness.|
|Baddest looking Owl. Wicked.|
Kinda reminds me of Arthas' helm.
The movie has nice fight scenes with slow-motion effects reminiscent of the 300, except that there is no blood and gore. Not enough fighting and action though.
They did a fair job for character building for the main characters, but not much depth. Initially it's kinda hard to tell who is who, they being owls and all, but it gets better as the movie goes along. I felt that they should have focussed more on Soren (main char.), his mentor, Gylfie (the little owl), Soren's brother, and perhaps the love interest of the main character. The owl's names are hard to remember.
Or I have STM.
|Soren, main character.|
|Kludd, the evil brother.|
Actually, there wasn't any romance. But there was this one female owl that kinda seem that she would be the main character's love interest, but the relationship didn't take flight (no pun intended). So it was like bleh. Was slightly disappointed, I mean.
But the point is that there were too many characters, and their personalities, backgrounds, feelings, relationships, whatever, were not very well built. However, it would not be fair to say that they did a bad job - it was still good, just not as good as it could be.
The movie storyline is rather standard:
- a young owl-dude dreams of being a hero
- he gets thrown into a difficulty
- he is rescued at the cost of someone's life
- he undergoes training
- trouble brews
- an epic clash of good and evil
- good guys encounter a crisis
- young owl-dude saves the day and becomes a hero
BUT the owl-dude didn't undergo any significant defeat/failure/struggle, nor gets any girl.. so bleh.
A bit of humour was also thrown into the story. I like the 2 owls who try to be imposing and use cool phrases like "look upon the Glorious Moon" and umm... I can't remember. And of course we have Twilight, our bard, who sings out comical lyrics. One of the owls told him "Just because it is sung, it doesn't mean that it is a song."
Lol, he's soo Hexing.
|Twilight, the warrior poet.|
One of the most awesomest thing about the movie is the THEME SONG!!!
It's so totally apt that the song about an Owl Movie is composed by Owl City!
It's called "To The Sky", and it's on my playlist woot!
Love Owl City!
If you're contemplating to watch this movie, I'd say its worth your $8 or $10.
Don't expect a Lord Of The Rings epic though.
Alright enough of my movie review-rant. Peace out.