Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Whether you’re trying to avoid the releases this week or augment them with even more movies, Your Alternate Box Office offers some options for movies that would play perfectly alongside of (or instead of) the stuff studios are shoving into the megaplex this weekend. This week features a flightless bird, a bunch of teenagers getting stabbed to death while talking about getting stabbed to death in movies that feature people getting stabbed to death, and Lincoln getting stabbed to death by a bullet.

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Zack Snyder has made a talking animal film. You’ve seen them before; some have resulted in catastrophic results and others failed at being cinematic and were stuck at simply being cartoons. Snyder knew the trickiness involved with making such a concept work, but he managed to do it. This is a serious adventure film. Yes, there are the owl jokes, but tonally it’s surprisingly dark and similar to those 80′s kids movies (Labyrinth, Gremlins, etc.) that made you feel both excitement and fright. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is and isn’t what you expect from a Snyder film. It isn’t in a sense that it doesn’t have many body parts flying off or glorious amounts of blood. Where it is similar is in most aspects: it’s epic in scope, nearly every shot is a money shot, and the action has got Snyder’s stamp all over it. I recently spoke with Snyder about the world of animated owls, Terminator references, and why Toy Story isn’t for kids.

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