Movie Review: The Secret of Kells

kellsAdventure awaits 12 year old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. In order to finish Brother Aiden’s book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will take him beyond the abbey walls and into the enchanted forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide. Will Brendan succeed in his quest?

The Secret of Kells is a beautifully animated movie with a captivating story. It is based on the story of The Book of Kells, a gorgeously illustrated book from Scotland:


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At the time the book was being completed, and in which the movie is set, Vikings were invading and pillaging Scotland. Abbot Cellach, Brendan’s uncle is attempting to build a wall around his village to protect them from the outside world. However, this also means that the villagers are unable to leave. So while presenting a picture of history, The Secret of Kells also presents a discussion on the philosophy of hiding away from the world rather than seeking beauty and knowledge regardless of danger. kells 4.jpg

Some Celtic mythology is brought in as well, as are some traditional songs helping to immerse you fully in the world. Brendan meets Aisling, a magical forest spirit who becomes his guide, and also encounters Crom Cruach an evil deity.

The other component to the story is the book. Brendan is chosen by Brother Aiden to be his apprentice and work on the book, not solely because of his talent, but because of his imagination and curiosity. Which are arguable the most important qualities for any artist. The purpose of the book, as with all books, is enlightenment and to bring happiness to people in times of darkness.

This brings me to the animation. It incorporated designs from the book with beautiful colours and patterns to create something that is both original and absolutely stunning.

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Highly recommended!



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