Friday, January 14, 2011

Guardian's of Ga'Hoole: 'Legend of the Guardians'

I just watched Legend of the Guardians last night and was highly impressed on all levels. The story was good. My wife, who read the first book to make sure they were cool for our daughters, assured me the movie did not progress like the first book. Well, with that said, who cares. From my understanding, the script writers took the first two books and combined them into what became the movie. That means they could not embrace all of the small sub-plots going on; what they could do is dive deeper into the understanding of the world as well as expand on the overall visual impact of the story, which could not have been more beautiful.


From my reckoning, every frame was perfectly executed with a brilliant combination of light, shadow, and texture, which lent an overall dreamy depth and sensibility to the movie. Most impressive to me though, is the depth of character that was able to be displayed through the ever-evolving media of CGI. You could frame any given shot in this movie as a piece of art in your house. It is that magnificent.

Now, as afar as story is concerned, I'm not going to get into the nitty-gritty here. Kathryn Lasky has used many standard archetypal characters to move her story forward. I'm sure the producers and scriptwriters did their best to represent the life of the characters as illustrated in the books. But, for all of you who have read the, J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings," the character Farimir was presented totally different within the construct of the Novels (or should I say Novel). But, when it came time to film the movies, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh realized they could not put Farimir in the movie as written within the book, because it would have robbed the ring of all it's power, thus forcing the movie to fall flat. So, sometimes, in order for the story to maintain its pace, tone and message, certain aspects of a literary work have to be dropped to carry the momentum and theme of the visual story telling.

All movies divert from their literary counterparts. We know this. Some do it better than others, while some are inspired by, but hardly a accurate representation thereof. For me, I enjoyed story and will own it. Bravo.

Guardians of Ga’Hoole is an epic fantasy book series written by Kathryn Lasky and published by Scholastic.[1][2][3] The series which ended in 2008 with the publication of The War of the Ember has a total of fifteen books. Apart from the main series there are a few more books and spin offs set in the same universe. The first three volumes of the series have been made into an animated 3D film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, directed by Zack Snyder.[4]

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