Flash Movie Review: Song of the Sea

No four words have the ability to unlock one’s imagination quicker than, “Once upon a time.” How many times have we sat on a soft lap with our heads resting on top of the beat from a loving heart? Maybe instead it was when you were curled up in bed, under the thick warm covers with your favorite stuffed animal or toy? Those four words started a journey where you saw faraway places and talking animals as they sprung up in your mind when it was tickled by your listening ears. I have always been fond of fairy tales and folklore. Part of the reason for my love of books is due to the great storytellers I had in my life. With the ability to change voices, display emotions and act out gestures matching the action; story time was one of my favorite parts of the day. As I got older I began to appreciate the folk tales and legends from other countries. Though they may have common elements and themes, it was always interesting to hear a story through the experiences of a different set of eyes.    BASED on Irish and Scottish folklore, this Oscar nominated animated movie’s story was not only wonderful to hear but to see. I do not want to say the animation was old-fashioned but it was more akin to the type I used to see as a kid; in other words it looked hand drawn. I noticed many of the scenes had objects with elaborate patterns on them which made me wonder if there was some significance to them pertaining to Ireland or Scotland. The main focus of the story had to do with brother and sister Ben and Saoirse, voiced by David Rawle (Moone Boy-TV) and newcomer Lucy O’Connell. Annoyed by his younger sister who had not started to talk yet, Ben did not realize she was the last of her kind. This is all I want to tell you about this fantasy film so you can experience it with as little knowledge as possible. The actors were all ideal for their characters, especially Brendan Gleeson (Calvary, The Company You Keep) as Conor/Mac Lir and Fionnula Flanagan (Yes Man, The Others) as Granny/Macha. This is listed as a family film which it is; however, it is not a mainstream type of movie that involved marketing focus groups or product placements. There were no jokes or singing and dancing; it was simply telling an enchanting story. There was one extended scene having to do with near death that made a couple of younger children in the audience whimper. I have to say that watching this movie was like sitting in a comfortable lap to hear a fanciful tale.

 

3 1/2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 27, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Did you ever see ‘the secret of roan innish’ ?

  2. My kids and I will need to see this one. We all enjoyed ‘The Secret of the Kells’ a few years back and this looks to have a similar charm.

  3. I was all ready to mention, ‘The Secret of Roan Innish’, but got beaten to the punch. It is an excellent film. Will have to see this too.

  4. thanks for this. we will be seeking it out.

  5. I have just remembered to come back and let you know what we thought of this movie – we being my kids and I. We all LOVED it! We found the story to be engaging, mystical and enchanting. We found the characters engaging and we all found the animation to be breath-taking. Like you, I love all of the details in the animation, the patterns and shapes. We were all big fans of ‘Book of Kells’ so we had high expectations and this movie did not disappoint. We actually watched it twice in a row before returning the DVD to the library. Fabulous movie. Thanks so much for bringing my attention to it.

    • Oh Laura, thank you so much for telling me about your movie watching experience. I am thrilled you and the kids had such a memorable time with this incredible film. How cool that all of you watched it twice. Experiences like this that started with my words, make all of this worthwhile and fulfilling. Thank you for sharing.

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