Review: “Song of the Sea”

The Irish Oscar nominated, animated film, Song of the Sea is finally being released in Irish cinemas today.

This film has received world wide critical acclaim and people, world over, have taken this into their hearts.

Based on Irish folklore, Song of the Sea tells the story of two children, Ben (Moone Boy’s David Rawle) and Saoirse (Lucy O’Connell), who live with their, still very much grieving, widowed father (Brendan Gleeson). When they go to live with their Grandmother (Fionnuala Flanagan), the children discover that Saoirse is just like her mother (Lisa Hannigan) – a selkie (a person who can turn into a seal). The two of them end up on an adventure to save the spirit world, and other magical creatures like Saoirse.

Visually this film is spectacular. The Cartoon Saloon team never disappoint with their beautiful animation. They create a magical, exquisite world that brings you to a happy place.

Going hand in hand with the gorgeous animation is the stunning sound that comes from this film – both from the voice cast (again, Brendan Gleeson shines and had me wanting to take his big friendly giant home with me!) and the melodic tunes heard throughout.

It’s great to see an Irish film making its mark worldwide, and this should be celebrated. However, this film wasn’t for me. While it is beautiful, magical and sweet – I was bored. At a running time of 93 minutes – for me this was 45 minutes too long. My problem with this film is that I think it would have been best served as a short film. That said, I look forward to seeing what comes out of the Cartoon Saloon next!

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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