The Secret of Kells (Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey, 2009)

The only thing I didn’t get is what’s up with the secret. Either I missed something, or there was nothing in the story about secret. Well, who cares. The film is wonderful. It aimed at the children mainly, so the story is told in a kinda simplistic manner, but in a clever way, and with dignity. More imporantly, it’s telling about things that matter, and it tries to send the message I 100% agree with: knowledge (and art by assosiation) is the most inportant thing in the universe, we must take care of it and preserve it over everything else, because that’s what will make the difference – if not today, tomorrow may. Thankfully, there was nothing about religion at all (I was a little concerned because events mostly happen in and around the abbey of Kells), only about mistakes people do because they’re afraid. And about what courage may do. Pretty good stuff. The animation style is rather simplistic as well, but sometimes can be beautiful.

Time: 01:15:37
Released in: 2009
Directed by: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
Written by:  Tomm Moore, Fabrice Ziolkowski
Performed by: Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally, Liam Hourican, Paul Tylak, Michael McGrath, Paul Young, Nora Twomey
Personal rating5 out of 5
IMDB page: link

(v. 4.7)
®shoomow, 2013-2015



2 responses

  1. I think Tomm Moore is working in the tradition of Irish folktales, which have often blended stories of saints and fairies. :) My opinion is that the fairy elements in the story work well given the context, and it is the Catholic faith that has the last word.

    1. I believe that in 500 hundred years, if this movie survives whatever awaits the humanity for that long, no sings of any particular faith would be noticeable at all, which is amazing and what should be; therefore, considering that it’s not just about the aesthetics but about the essense too, I already now choose not to assign something this pretty to religion.

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