I just got back from seeing it. I don't remember any owls saying "O rly?"
- It kind of reminded me of Star Wars, but with owls. The Guardians = jedi, the Pure Ones = the Empire, use your gullet = use the force. I kept expecting an owl version of a Death Star to appear.
- It was a bit darker and more violent than I expected. Not necessarily a bad thing. It reminded me of older movies like Secret of NIMH and Watership Down, which had dark/violent plots and talking animals.
- The pacing was a bit off. It moved too fast. It felt like they were trying to cram too much stuff in. Apparently the plot of the movie is based off of the first three books in a series, so I can understand that there was lot of information to fit in. An additional 20 or even 10 minutes would have been helpful, I think. And one important plot point (SPOILER: when Soren's little sister wakes up and... somehow one of the owls is a traitor or something, I dunno
) was so rushed through that I had no idea what was happening.
- The Owl City song was awful. Although it's cute that they included a song by Owl City in a movie about owls, the song didn't fit the mood of the film at all and was pretty jarring. Not only that, but it was put over the credits. So cringe-worthy.
- I was pretty surprised when I heard "The Host of Seraphim" by Dead Can Dance playing in the fire scene near the end.
Overall, I liked it. I was a little disappointed, but How To Train Your Dragon set a pretty high bar when it comes to kid's movies.