Sunday, April 25, 2010

As fresh as a bar of Irish Spring. A review of "The Secret Of Kells"

The Secret Of Kells

Cast: Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney

Writers: Tom Moore, Fabrice Ziolkowski

Directors: Tom Moore, Nora Twomey.

** and a 1/2*'s out of four.

(U.S. Theatrical Poster)

Folklore in some cultures is a very important tradition that has been passed down from one generation to the next. "The Secret of Kells" is the origin of one Irish story.

Brendan(Evan McGuire) is a young boy who lives in an outpost that is preparing for a barbarian attack. His uncle Abbot Cellach(Brendan Gleeson) is working with the other villagers to contruct a barrier to  help keep out the threat. Aidan(Mick Lally) a master illuminator comes to the village with an unfinnished book that could bring light and remove the looming darkness. Brendan has been chosen to help complete the book,but his journey will lead him into dark places and test his bravery. Along the way he is met by a yong girl named Aisling(Christen Mooney)who can shape shift into a wolf and is in bond with nature. She helps Brendan with lessons about the world around them to help complete the task.

This is more of an animated storybook than just an animated movie. The  style took some time to get used to, but after about ten minutes I became completely engulfed in this world. The musical score by Rossa O'Snodaigh and the band Kila is amazing and it features one of my favorite tracks that you can hear in the trailer. All of the characters were extremely beliveable and I especially liked the character of Aisling. So much that I wish she was in the movie more. The plot is easy enough to understand but I wish the filmmakers would have added a  few more scenes to help explain more of the book's importance. Kids under the age of seven might have a difficult time with the story, but they will enjoy the lush colors and interesting scenery. For all others it is a facinating journey in discovering legends of another land.


  1. I absolutely love the animation style for this movie, and I even got a custom made plush yarn-doll of Aisling and Pangerbon for my daughter. It's a really great movie and I think one of the few problems I have with it is that it's too short.

  2. You have a doll of Aisling? That is so damn cool she is one of my favorite characters of that movie. Thanks for the comment. I also need to get that soundtrack. It is amazing?