THE SECRET OF KELLS (2009 GFF Gérardmer France)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.4|5.0 Stars ìì

The Secret of Kells—an in-house, animated job that fails at two levels. First, the script writers assumed everyone in the world is Irish, Christian, and knows about “The Book of Kells.” Second, the script writers also obviously thought that their movie audiences had good understanding of Irish history, illuminated manuscripts, and Ireland’s early challenges with Viking invaders. Without a fair smattering of that knowledge, as well as knowing about the Abbey of Kells, this film seems purposeless, unintelligible, and irrelevant. Do a little quickie Wikipedia research before you go, take a forgiving attitude for two dimensional artwork with you, and 75 minutes of your time may pass slowly, slightly illumined through unusual periods of complete musical silence. The upshot of the film seems to be that Ireland would not possess “The Book of Kells” in its Trinity College Library, Dublin if it weren’t for a forest spirit, a white cat guardian, the devil’s magnifying glass, and a whole lot of gall nuts.


Additional Thanks

This film was not a best work effort for Writer and Director Tomm Moore. However, it can be appreciated for its creative endeavor.



Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. Do your research first to fully appreciate this film.

Ben Meyers

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