“The Secret of Kells” Leaves Viewers With Blown Minds and Dropped Jaws

An animated classic, “The Secret of Kells” presents beautiful animation and a complex plot that will leave viewers speechless

A forgotten animated classic of the early 2000s, “The Secret of Kells,” is truly an animated masterpiece. Set in an early medieval outpost about to be invaded by Vikings, this film has viewers on the edge of their seats the entire time.

The film follows Evan McGuire as Brendan, a young boy living within the high walls of the Abbey of Kells. The Abbey is a remote outpost, mainly unprotected by the coming barbarian siege. One day, a master illuminator named Aidan comes from a far away place carrying an unfinished book that holds ancient wisdom. In order to complete the book, Brendan must embark on a quest to face his deepest fears. His quest leads him into the enchanted forest, where he meets the spirit Aisling, a mysterious and spooky wolf-girl who helps him on his quest. With the barbarians closing in and the razing of the Abbey immanent, will Brendan be able to save all those he holds dear? Watch the movie to find out.

This fantastic animated piece has earned high marks with critics and audiences alike, earning it an Oscar-nomination. It has also scored a high 91% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and an 81% in the Audience Rating category. The critic review of the site is just as positive, saying, “Beautifully drawn and refreshingly calm, ‘The Secret of Kells’ hearkens back to animation’s golden age with an enchanting tale inspired by Irish mythology.” The film has also scored high on other sites, receiving a 7.7/10 on IMDb.

With excellently developed characters making a commentary on the simultaneous fear and bravery of the human spirit, “The Secret of Kells” passes a commentary on the human condition. By combining human and inhuman elements, the contrast is a strikingly beautiful plot with darker undertones.  

Unfortunately, very few people have heard of, much less seen, this cinematic masterpiece. When asked about it, sophomore Niah Malabanan said, “I’ve never seen it. I think I’ve heard of it.”

A testament to the fantasy genre as well as an excellent commentary on the human spirit, this incredible movie is truly a masterpiece that deserves all attention it receives.