Thursday, March 18, 2010

Movie Night: Secret of Kells

As a way to celebrate animation and St. Patty's Day, (on the weekend of the Nor'easter) we set out one morning to have breakfast at a pub in the city followed by a matinee showing of Secret of Kells. For those that don't know, it is an irish animated feature film set in the ninth century about a twelve year old boy named Brendan who desires to illustrate and complete the Book of Kells while making friends with fairies and dodging vikings. Directed by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey (founders of Cartoon Saloon), the film has received awards and not to mention an oscar nomination. After seeing the film I can see why some may feel the style over powers the story. There's so much eye candy and visual information, you actually forget why the characters are even there. Loved the character design and animation. It was very reminiscent of Samurai Jack and Thief and the Cobbler. Somewhat not kid friendly, so leave the babes at home if they can't handle scary vikings and bloody battle scenes. Overall though, I would definitely recommend this film to anyone. A-

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