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Oh, Kari, you should see this... not.
I'm watching the animated film, The Secret of Kells. The animation is utterly gorgeous. There are moments of great visual humour. But, but, but...

Look, I am happy in a lot of things with colour blind casting, but really, an animation set in dark age Ireland at the time of creation of the Book of Kells, where the monks are excessively multi-cultural! And I do mean excessively.

Not to mention the Abbot telling the monks that the 'people' need books, forsooth!

Berries from oak trees, yet!

Furthermore, the sound mixing is abominable. We now have the subtitles on...

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Yes, that was one of the things that made me go "Huh"? The story made very little sense, but I loved the movie anyway.

It's a very loveable movie.

I never watch 'Celtic' films.

The treatment of myth is actually rather reasonable, and it is very beautiful.

There is also a cat.

Edited at 2011-01-11 07:53 pm (UTC)

Sadly, I've found that even good films just don't work for me -- the historian button won't switch off.

I think that at one point the word "berry" was also used for nuts (which is why being "berry-brown" doesn't mean the entity described is getting moldy). So if they only "spoke" of oak berries but showed acorns, I think that's actually cool.

In fact, they used oak galls, which are reactions to grubs.

Oh, hmm. Unless "berry" meant "small, round thing" it wouldn't apply to oak galls.


I was told firmly (by Ina) just after I'd posted the original that it was and did, in a later period. Of course, no-one spoke 'English' at that point, let alone in Ireland.!

But I do still think it is highly misleading in a script that gets a lot of other historical detail wrong. Though it is a lovely film and recommended - though not to la_marquise_de_ who is a scholar of the period - despite black and Chinese brothers in Ireland (though the Book of Kells may not have been made there) in 800 AD!

Edited at 2011-01-13 08:06 pm (UTC)

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