Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Secret of Kells

I don't really know what to say about The Secret of Kells (2009). In some ways, I loved it for it's creativity and genuine loveliness, but then again it lacked a bit of spark that most animated films have. It's pretty commendable though that this film got an Academy Award nomination.
A young boy, Brendan, is sent on an endearing adventure to complete the famed 'Book of Kells'. Yet, on his journey he finds danger, and struggles to keep on a straight path to his freedom. He meets a fairy Aisling, who guides him along and eventually allows him to complete his task.
Okay, so I just think the reason me and The Secret of Kells didn't click was because...well, I'm not sure. It's like a half and half for me. On one side, I loved it because it was quite different, and dipped out of dark moments into seemingly happy ones, while remaining totally balanced. But on the other is this unknown side, that just wants to be loved but failed to grab my attention. Which was a shame, because I felt it didn't have the same spark as the Pixar films have. However, this is a great animated effort to come out of Ireland, a country which clearly needs to make more films.

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