The Secret of Kells DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 9.0
Video 9.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 5.0
Total 9.0
Distributor: Madman
Classification: PG
Minutes: 127 minutes
Reviewer: Ho Wong

9.0


The Secret of Kells

Animation is a dime a dozen but every now and then, a group of talented individuals will try something different and obviously those responsible for the Academy Awards nominations thought the same thing when they watched this amazing stylised film with strong Celtic elements. As opposed to traditional Disney animation or Computer Generated Images, The Secret of Kells (Directed by Directors Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey) successfully makes art come to life, thanks to the subtle nature of the animation which includes its sharp angles, almost stick like creations with some wonderful painted backgrounds. This in turn creates a truly distinct and almost magical experience, thanks to the heart warming story of a 12-year old boy with a clichéd destiny!

The story itself revolves a boy called Brendan (Evan McGuire), the protaganist of the piece which is set over a thousand hears ago where he lives in the Abbey of Kellis. Under the watchful eye of his uncle, Abbot Cellach (Brendan Gleeson) who is more of a protector than a priest, his role is to not only to keep an eye out for his nephew but to ensure that a gigantic wall is built around the town in order to stop the Viking invasion.

Things go awry for the Abbot when a stranger called Brother Aidan (Mick Lally) visits and captivates Brendan by his stories but more specifically, a magical book that he is trying to finish. We learn that Aidan is a master illuminator and so entrenched is Brendan that he becomes his apprentice and thus begins a journey of discovery as he embarks on his deepest fears and meets a world that only exists in stories. With wolf girls and the like, a world of myth becomes a reality for Brendan.

Without spoiling the story, The Secret of Kells is visually quite stunning that captivated me from the very first moments of this film. The animation is at times simplistic but then something happens and you can only shake your head at how the animators thought outside the box. Remember your parents reading a book to you when you were a child? This is probably as close to that experience as is this movie which works on a variety of levels, both emotionally and mentally. The only letdown of this release is the lack of special features but because the story is so engaging, the characters so real and more specifically, the wonderful animation, this is one DVD that hold you captivated from the very first seconds.

Highly Recommended!






 
 



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