Monday, October 4, 2010

The Secret Of Kells - DVD Review

The Academy Award-nominated family film, The Secret of Kells, a stunning, sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith comes to DVD and Blu-ray on October 5, 2010! This delightful and dazzling movie will have the whole family gathered together, mesmerized by the beauty on the screen and the powerful and uplifting plot.

In a remote medieval outpost of Ireland, young Brendan embarks on a new life of adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying a book brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan’s determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness against evil?

Hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the most beautiful animated films of all time, The Secret of Kells (75 minutes) became the surprise nomination for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Academy Awards® and received acclaim from The New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Variety and more. This animated masterpiece also hails from the producers of Kirikou and the Sorceress and Triplets of Belleville!

We had the chance to preview The Secret of Kells on DVD. The animation and illustrations are really quite stunning. I felt like I was watching a beautiful picture book come to life. I don't know how to describe it other than to say it is very unique and artistic. I love the dreamy, mystical quality of the animation.. The story itself is also mystical - telling about young Brendan and his adventures into the forest as he searches for a magic crystal. I will admit that the storyline is a little slow compared to the action-packed movies that we are used to watching today. But, because of the cool animation, it did hold our attention just fine. If you would like a sneak peek, here's the movie trailer that can be found on YouTube. Then, be sure to check out the DVD when it is released on October 5, 2010.

This post was written in conjunction with Grand Communications. They provided me with information used in this post as well as The Secret of Kells DVD for my family to review. No compensation was received other than the free DVD. All opinions expressed about this movie are my own.