Movie Review: The Song of the Sea

 

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Song of the Sea is a beautifully hand-drawn animated adventure about Irish myths and legends, predominantly selkies – creatures that live as humans on land and seals in the water. While Song of the Sea is less intense than the director Tomm Moore’s previous film, The Secret of Kells, it can still be intense and heartbreaking at times and is just as powerfully illustrated.

In this enchanting story, a lighthouse keeper’s son discovers that his mute sister is a selkie who must find her voice and free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess in a twist of events. Moore’s film is alive to the world in a way that challenges, and sometimes even defies, adult understanding. The only way to describe it is childlike. See it and feel five years old again.