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The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells It's easy to see why this ornately drawn Irish curio was an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature. The Secret of Kells is a...The Secret of KellsAnimationPT75M It's easy to see why this ornately drawn Irish curio was an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature. The Secret of Kells is a...2010-03-10
The Secret of Kells | FALLING FLAT The Secret of Kells is ornately drawn, but the story comes up short.

FALLING FLAT The Secret of Kells is ornately drawn, but the story comes up short.

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The Secret of Kells

Genre: Animation; Starring: Brendan Gleeson; Director: Tomm Moore; Author: Tomm Moore; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): In Season

It’s easy to see why this ornately drawn Irish curio was an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature. The Secret of Kells is a full-length curlicued art object, as meticulously unified and appealing in its design as the decor tchotchkes you’d find in a Jonathan Adler store. At a medieval Celtic abbey, a boy monk (voiced by Evan McGuire) goes on a journey to find berries for ink, all to complete a mysterious manuscript called the Book of Kells. Regrettably, the film’s story is so busy yet flat that the effect isn’t magical — it’s more like watching the tale of some very enchanted wallpaper. C

Originally posted March 10 2010 — 12:00 AM EST

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