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
FALLING FLAT The Secret of Kells is ornately drawn, but the story comes up short.
Genre: Animation; Starring: Brendan Gleeson; Director: Tomm Moore; Author: Tomm Moore; Runtime (in minutes): 75
Posted March 10 2010 — 12:00 AM EST
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