Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Director: Tomm Moore
Writers: Will Collins , Tomm Moore
Voice Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Pat Shortt, Lisa Hannigan, Lucy O'Connell, Jon Kenny
Synopsis: Saoirse, a little girl who can turn into a seal, goes on an adventure with her brother to save the spirit world and other magical beings like her.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild peril, language and pipe smoking images
10 / 10
- Interesting and deep characters that possess great story arcs.
- The script is well written, and it definitely keeps you guessing throughout most of the feature.
- The animation is great, as it meshes traditional 2-D animation with elements of CGI sprinkled throughout various parts of the film.
- The character designs for the fantasy creatures are creative
- Direction was great
- Voice acting was decent
- To be honest, I can't really think of anything that's remotely bad about this movie; outside of the fact that it's nowhere near as great as "Secret of Kells."
Another animated masterpiece from the people that brought us "Secret of Kells"
"Song of the Sea" may not have been one of the biggest box office draws of last year, but it's arguably one of the best animated films ever made. Featuring the same gorgeous 2-D animation style from "Secret of Kells", while adding a subtle hint of CGI throughout various scenes. The end result is arguably one of the most beautifully animated films ever conceived.
Even if you don't come out liking this movie, you still have to admit this is probably one of the most aesthetically unique animated features out there. Whenever we see our main characters interact with the fantasy elements of the story, it's almost like a work of art. A painting full of lush creativity that you simply can't help but admire it.
As for the story itself, it's based on the Irish legend revolving around selkies, who are mysterious creatures within Irish and Scottish folklore. According to various sources, selkies have the ability to turn into seals when diving into the water, but they instantly transform into humans once they walk onto dry land.The story centers around a young boy, who's anxiously awaiting for the arrival of his new baby brother or sister, and he happens to be quite close to his mother. He lives in a lighthouse with his parents, as they seem to live fairly simple lives by the ocean. His mother would often read him all sorts of fantasy stories before sending him to bed, and she even gives him a rare seashell that allegedly possesses the sound of the ocean whenever one puts it up to their ear.
On a dark cold night, his mother mysteriously disappears without a trace; leaving behind his new baby sister in her place. As she gets older, the young man develops a deep-seated resentment towards her as if she's personally responsible for their mom's mysterious disappearance all those ages ago. However, in spite of his harsh treatment towards her, she still loves him anyway. Always following him around, and stealing the rare seashell that their mother gave to him awhile back. Needless to say, he's doesn't exactly treat her well throughout most of the film, but he gradually starts to realize how important she is, and if he doesn't act fast, then he could lose his sister forever.
Like most stories of this ilk, we all know at some point the protagonist will start to bond with her, and they'll inevitably work things out. But like most movies, it's more about the journey than anything else. What I love most about this film is that it never rushes to get from "point A" to "point B", as every intricate detail to the characters is handled with integrity and care. And unlike most animated crap that comes out these days, all the characters are treated like actual people, as there's really no clear cut villain in this feature. Just characters that struggle through life like the rest of us; even the mythological creatures.
Although "Song of the Sea" isn't anywhere near as great as "Secret of Kells", it's still an enjoyable movie nonetheless. It's a touching story about love and loss that one might endure, and how losing someone you hold dear doesn't necessarily mean it's the end of the world.
It's a deep message to send in any movie, which makes "Song of the Sea" a treat to watch. Although I doubt this movie will get that much publicity from it's well deserved Oscar nomination earlier this year for "Best Animated Feature", but it's worth checking out if you're into fantasy films based on an ancient folklore.
© 2015 Steven Escareno
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