Apr 26, 2010
The Secret of Kells
Saw the movie yesterday. It was very creative with amazing artwork (which a movie about the Book of Kells would have to have!)
It was a little surprising that the book in the movie was so small. Obviously the real thing is much larger, unless the characters were giants. Well, actually the abbot of Kells did look pretty tall!
Of course the depictions were symbolic. The abbot was in charge, and the hero, Brendan, was only 12, so of course the adults loomed large. I loved the imagery of the boy overcoming his fears. When he did, he was actually able to use them to add depth and beauty to his artwork. I also loved the fairy girl, Aisling (a name that means dream). Was she real? Did she turn into a white wolf? Was she the spiritual help the boy needed in a form he could accept?
The Vikings (called Northerners) who reeked havoc on the abbey, were black blocks with only eyes, carrying swords and flaming arrows--the image of a nightmare, which I'm sure pretty sure described how the Irish monks saw them.
The film has been nominated for an Oscar. Read an interview with the filmaker here. If the movie is not playing near you, it should be out on DVD soon.
I blogged earlier about The Book of Kells. You can read the first part here.