The Secret of Kells

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"Turn the darkness into light"
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 1 hr 15 min
  • 7.5  (38,065)
  • 81

In the movie The Secret of Kells, we are transported to medieval Ireland, a land steeped in ancient lore and mythological legends. The film follows the young orphan named Brendan, who lives in the Abbey of Kells, a remote fortress that serves as a refuge from the outside world. Brendan spends his days working on the never-ending task of creating a book that will rival the greatest illuminated manuscripts of the age, including the legendary Book of Kells.

Brendan's life changes when he meets a mysterious monk named Aidan, who arrives at the abbey with a mission to complete the book. Aidan sees something special in Brendan, and he takes the young boy under his wing, showing him the secrets of the craft, and unlocking his creative potential.

As Brendan learns the art of illumination, he discovers that the book they are creating is not just a work of art, but a powerful weapon in the battle against darkness. The Book of Kells contains the wisdom and knowledge of the ancients, and its pages are imbued with a mystical energy that can bring the light of hope to the darkest of times.

But creating the book is not an easy task, and Brendan soon finds himself facing a series of challenges that test his courage and his faith. The forest surrounding Kells is haunted by malevolent spirits, and the Norsemen are advancing on the abbey, threatening to destroy everything in their path.

With the help of his new friend Aisling, a fairy-like spirit who haunts the forest, Brendan must venture into the unknown and confront his deepest fears if he hopes to finish the book and save his homeland from destruction. Along the way, he discovers that the true secret of the Book of Kells lies not in the pages themselves, but in the power of imagination and the human spirit.

The Secret of Kells is a stunningly beautiful film that captures the essence of Celtic art and storytelling. The animation is vivid and colorful, with a style that blends traditional techniques with cutting-edge technology to create a world that is both enchanting and realistic.

The voice acting is top-notch, with Evan McGuire giving a wonderfully nuanced performance as Brendan, and veteran actors Brendan Gleeson and Mick Lally providing strong support as Aidan and Abbot Cellach, the head of the abbey.

The film is a feast for the eyes and ears, with a lush score by Bruno Coulais that evokes the spirit of Celtic music, and a script by director Tomm Moore and Fabrice Ziolkowski that is filled with wit, wisdom, and heart.

The Secret of Kells is a film that celebrates the power of creativity and imagination, and reminds us that even in the darkest of times, hope and beauty can still be found. It is a timeless tale that speaks to audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and a must-see for anyone who loves great animation and great storytelling.

The Secret of Kells is a 2009 animated movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 15 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5 and a MetaScore of 81.

The Secret of Kells
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    7.5  (38,065)
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