Film Review – Song of the Sea
Hero Dog and Hero Cat took me to see a fantastic film at the weekend and we all loved it so much here’s a review.
Song of the Sea is an animated film with a PG rating.
It’s the story of a young boy called Ben who discovers his mute sister Saoirse is actually a selkie – a girl who can transform into a seal.
In order to save all the supernatural creatures, Ben must help his sister defeat a celtic goddess and teach her to sing.
Check out the trailer: https://youtu.be/t0Ejpl3QFuU
The story is a brilliantly magical tale incorporating myths and legends from Ireland. The modern setting and the characters of the children are easy to identify with, which makes the magical elements all the more magical. You could imagine such magic and fantastic spirit creatures existing for real.
This is backed up by the rich artwork throughout the film.
The whole look of the film is stunning and, (unless you’ve seen Kells) unique in animation. Every shot is a work of art in it’s own right and you’ll find yourself wanting to watch it again and again just to admire the backgrounds and colours.
The final perfect touch is the beautiful music throughout the film which complements both the story and the artwork. Based in the tradition of Irish music it helps bring the film to life.
We’re huge fans of animation here at Plushiemorphs and Song of the Sea is easily on a level with great movies like Ponyo, My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away from Studio Ghibli.
It’s easily as good as Up or Brave from Pixar.
In our opinion (despite being huge Disney fans) it surpasses anything Disney have produced in originality, storytelling and visual style.
Unfortunately the film only had a limited theatrical release and is only available on DVD as a US import. (but try Netflix and LoveFilm)
If you get the chance to see it at a cinema then all the better as the art of the film is really worth seeing on the big screen.
So if you’ve read this far and are now sad because nowhere local is showing it don’t despair because Director Tomm Moore’s previous film, The Secret of Kells is equally beautiful and magical a tale, and is available on DVD in the UK.
Here’s the Secret of Kells trailer: https://youtu.be/lw2_HZTuQBE
Here at Plushiemorphs we give Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells the maximum rating of 5 Paws!