The Secret of Kells
The Secret of Kells – Movie Revie
Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan’s determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?
The Secret of Kells is sort of an odd movie. Nevertheless, it is an Academy Award nominee for best animated feature and it is deservedly so. It’s just amazing and a completely different kind of animation than we’re used to. No Beauty and the Beast here. More beast. It’s based, sort of on an Irish treasure which is a medieval manuscript equal parts magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology. A young priest is living in the Abbey of Kell, which is a medieval monastery. I can’t tell you too much about this, because I really want you to be as surprised as I was. This is not an animation for small children. This is genuinely scary, and it focuses on something I knew nothing about, which is the Book of Kells, which is a manuscript that contains a gospel and it’s Ireland’s most precious medieval artifact, but I don’t want you to know too much about it, because I didn’t and I read the program notes afterwards and did the research afterwards, but I really want you to experience it the same way I did, which is just plain wonder and wonderful. But don’t take small children! Five stars.