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Monday, March 1, 2010

Review: The Seceret of Kells

The Secret of Kells really is a well kept secret, especially since it seems nobody has seen it, even though it's nominated for an Oscar this season. Now that you know about it, go check it out while you can.

The Secret of Kells is the story of the young Brendan, a boy who lives in a religious community of Scroll Illumination. The Abbot, Brendans uncle, who is responsible for the citizens, is obsessed with the looming threat of the Norsemen, and Brendan believes him, until one day Brother Aiden from the outside world comes to the community and shows Brendan the true art of manuscript illumination. From there, Brendans exploration of the outside world begins, leading him to meet, Aisling, a forest fairy - the last of her kind, and a few wolves and monsters - all for the sake of completing his book.

The story isn't particularly amazing here, and the pacing is a little awkward at times, but if there is any reason you should see this film, it is all about the visuals.

The art in this movie is incredible. Every shot was masterfully planned, and executed with some of the best symbols, framing, colors, and texture that I have ever seen. This film is a visual masterpiece, and deserves to be seen. I don't necessarily predict this to be an Oscar winner, but I am glad a film as well put together as this one is getting the exposure that it deserves. See it. Maybe you'll love it, maybe you'll like it, but you certainly won't regret it.

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