It’s rare that we come across films which are not only visually-brilliant but also projects an enrapturing story. Tomm Moore’s The Secret of Kells – an animation – is one such rare treasure.
Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 82nd Academy Awards, the Secret of Kells, charms children and adults alike. The use of vivid hues, the unusual characters, and the rhapsodic music creates an aura of mystic and wonder throughout the film which lingers on.
Blending history and fantasy, Tom Moore’s The Secret of Kells concerns with the ‘The Book of Kells’ – a medieval illuminated manuscript of the Irish civilization. Just like each page of the ancient book, the film lights up with intricately-drawn patterns and eye-popping dazzle.
The film traces the story of Brendan (Evan McGuire), a young monk. Entrenched behind the huge walls of Kells, Brendan’s life takes an exciting turn when Aidan (Mick Lally), a traveler, arrives at the monastery with his cat Pangur Bán. Along with him, he brings the precious unfinished Book of Iona. Aidan asks for Brendan’s help to finish the book. His first task is to venture out into the forbidden jungle and collect some special berries. As the film proceeds with Brendan following his dreams and breaking free from the shackles of fear, we are transported to a Celtic-psychedelic world.
The colors are bold and bright. The characters comes in a variety of shapes. And yes, just like a portrait, every scene is embellished with succulent patterns and images. The forest spirit "Aisling" is just like a fleeting dream. She jumps, hops and skips through the enchanted forest. The forest evokes a sense of curiosity in the mind. It is calm yet eerie. Kudos to the incredible illustrations.
Why should you watch the film?
The Secret of Kells is an excellent animation which mixes folklore, history and fantasy. You will be amazed by how the creativity flows from scene to scene. Your imagination will run wild. It is just like a dream. And what remains later is more than just an artistic afterglow.