Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie's, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga'Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie's. The film is based on the first three books in the series.
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Fans of the books may be dishearted by the numerous differences the film has, but all viewers should be satisfied by its heavenly visuals, charming characters and enchanting style. The traditional 'good versus evil' plot didn't really disappoint; it was the rushed and vague style in which it was told. If the story were presented in a more involved, engaging manner, this film would have been a definite contender for Animated Film of the Year. Despite all of this, it would be unwise to say the film's staff was not dedicated in creating a magical spectacle-although it would be safe to say that they were most likely rushed for a decently written script. I personally give the film a 3.5.
The movie was ok..but nothing like the books. In the books, Kludd pushes Soren out of the tree. In the movie though, they fall together. also, Soren was not brought to the pure ones, he was brought to a place called Saint Agies. The producers, in my opinion, did not read the books, they read the title and made a movie.
The scenery and special effects in this movie were fabulous. The typical story line of good vs. evil was expected. What wasn't expected was the high level of violence and the unexpected storyline of brother vs. brother (and sister). Of course, good overcomes, but at a very steep price. I feel the rating of PG was too easy - it should be more on the line of PG-13. I would not recommend this movie for children under the age of 13.