Film Review: Song of the Sea

Song of the SeaTomm Moore’s Song of the Sea is a beautifully animated feature. The film certainly charms as it entertains.

Saorise lives with her father and older brother Ben at a remote outpost. When the children are sent to stay with their grandmother, the pair escape on an adventure to save mystical beings…

Song of the Sea is a delightful animation that should impress children and adults alike. The film is amiably gentle. There is a lovely tone to the film; Moore mixes a family story with mythical fables in a way that entertains and enchants.

The central story in Song of the Sea focuses on Saorise, her inability to talk, and her relationship with her brother and father. The wider theme of magic and mysticism acts as an embellishment to the family’s story. Song of the Sea weaves legend and fable into the central narrative in a way that works incredibly well.

The use of mythology in Song of the Sea adds texture to the film. Director and story writer Tomm Moore delivers the fantasy of mythical tales and creatures in a way that enchants. The film dodges a reliance on fantasy creatures for comedy support, instead offering wonder with a hint of amusement. The real world is portrayed in a believable but removed fashion. The family live in a remote location, and indicators of a contemporary setting are few and far between. In this sense, Song of the Sea more readily lends itself to fantasy; mythical aspects are more readily accepted in this unusual environment. The film’s pacing could have been improved, but this is a minor complaint.

The hand-drawn animation in the film is lovely. The distinctive look of Song of the Sea distinguishes it from other recent animated features. The score is also fantastic, giving a melodic and sometimes haunting atmosphere to the visuals. Voice work is good.

Song of the Sea is an aesthetically pleasing film with wonderful storytelling. Highly recommended for families and animation fans.

Previews: Jurassic World Featurette, Macbeth Trailer and More

Plenty in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the latest Jurassic World featurette, the trailer for Macbeth, and the latest Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation trailer…

Jurassic World Featurette

Steven Spielberg talks about passing the torch to director Colin Trevorrow in this new Jurassic World featurette. The importance of the cast and crew being fans of Jurassic Park is highlighted in the video, which hopefully means that the new film will pay homage to the original. Jurassic World hits the big screen on 11th June 2015.

Macbeth Trailer

This trailer for the new film adaptation of Macbeth is haunting. Starring Michael Fasbender and Marion Cotillard, this is a period-set version of the Shakespearean classic. Macbeth, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, is set for release on 2nd October 2015.

Song of the Sea Trailer

After it’s Oscar nomination, Song of the Sea gets a UK release. The animated film tells the story of Ben and his sister Saoirse who embark on a journey across a fantastic world. Featuring the voice of Brendan Gleeson, Song of the Sea will be released in cinemas on 10th July 2015.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Trailer

The big set pieces continue in this latest instalment in the franchise, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. The film sees Tom Cruise reuniting with Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Ving Rhames, plus some new faces. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation will hit UK screens on 30th July 2015.

Terminator Genisys Clip

This clip shows Terminator Genisys paying homage to its predecessors with a famous line. The film sees the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his famous franchise, as well as Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke. A fractured timeline is created when Kyle Reese is  sent back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor. See what happens when Terminator Genisys is released in Uk cinemas on 2nd July 2015.