Next on Netflix: ‘Secret’ gem
I’ve talked about “The Secret of Kells” before, long ago, when I was doing a general roundup of Netflix movies I enjoyed. But I can’t stress enough how wonderful this movie is, and it really deserves a column of its own.
In medieval Ireland, a young boy named Brendan lives in the safety of a walled village, where monks from all over the world have gathered for safety. His uncle, the abbot, has forbidden him to ever go outside the walls–the vicious Northmen are too dangerous. But when Brendan becomes apprentice to Brother Aidan, a great illuminator, he must leave in secret to collect ink.
Though he becomes lost in the forest at first, Brendan is guided by a forest spirit named Aisling, and the two become close friends. Brendan must find a way to overcome both the supernatural danger of an evil creature that haunts the forest and terrifies Aisling, and the approaching destruction of the murderous Vikings.
The animation in this movie is absolutely breathtaking. Light and color are layered in a way that makes the whole film feel like animated stained glass. The music is eerily lovely, and the themes touch on historical, magical and religious elements without going overboard.
Got a Netflix favorite that I should be watching? Let me know!