INCLUDE_DATA

SKELLIG (2009) DVD review by guest reviewer THE SKYKID

Posted on May 4th, 2009
Posted on May 4th, 2009

skellig

 Coop here.  I’m pleased to have SkyKid from SkyKid.com as a guest reviewer.  SkyKid specializes in ‘coming of age’ films (a very cool niche!) and is overseas so he has access to a lot of interesting films that folks in “Region 1”  don’t hear much about.  So, without further ado, here’s SkyKid!…

If it was not for a friend of mine who showed me the “Skellig” cover I would never knew that the film existed. But a single glimpse of it – and I was determined to see it – as Bill Milner (who we all remember from “Son of Rambow”) is starring in it and the tag line “A magical story of an unlikely friendship” seemed pretty intriguing. The film grabbed me from the very beginning with the amazing cinematography: not only the camera work was excellent, but also there were few amazing scenes filmed using the time lapse technique. In addition the director decided to include a variety of scenes with animals to outline the general mood in the film – so we see insects, a crow, spiders, birds, cats, mice, etc…

Some scenes reminded me of two well known films – “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and “Man Without a Face”. It comes to no surprise as Skellig, like them, is based on a book – in this case a novel written by David Almond. I did a little research and saw that the book is receiving rave reviews from many people around the web. The plot follows Michael (Bill Milner) who discovers a mysterious creature called Skellig in his garden shed. Meanwhile his newborn sister is kept in the hospital – as she is sick and could die. Michael struggles to do right by all – and in the process learns a lot about himself, about life and death. That’s why I would definitely recommend Skellig to everyone who wants to experience a well made coming of age drama.

Skellig turned out to be a very educational movie too – which makes it perfect for an evening out with the  family. The story focuses on the magic of life and death and is a clever mix between fantasy and reality. One could learn a great deal from the film – such as the fact that we as humans are “always changing, evolving and it never stops” and that sometimes it’s important to believe in others even if they don’t believe in themselves.

Skellig is a very well casted movie. Of course the star in it is definitely Bill Milner who is rapidly gaining popularity, starring in films such as “Son of Rambow” and “Is Anybody There?” As much as I don’t like comparing him with anyone else, his acting is so flawless that he reminds me of Freddie Highmore. I only wish that he would get as famous as Freddie. Another actor that impressed me with his performance in “Skellig” was John Simm – who seemed familiar to me even if I could not recall the film I had seen him in. A big part of the film deals not only with friendship, but with relations inside the family – which made the film quite emotional, requiring extended efforts from the actors. I must say that they did great in transferring their emotions from the screen to the viewers .

I rate the film 9 out of 10 points and I would suggest that you see it on DVD.

Check out the Skellig officil site at Sky1 channel .

-SkyKid

Note from Coop:  It appears that “Skellig” is not available on DVD in the U.S.  In order to view it, you’d need to order it on Amazon.com from the UK and bust it out on a Region-free DVD player (bummer!).  However, with high-profile stars like Tim Roth and Bill Milner, I’m positive it will eventually receive a DVD release in the States.  Be on the lookout for it!

Teaser trailer below…

 

Some more great articles…

  • I’ve been saying it all along… Romantic Comedies are screwing up our love lives! by COOP
  • A Movie/Film Review Lesson Plan for Teachers! by COOP
  • BLEEDIN’ WICKED GOOGLY… Films about 35 of those “Other” Sports (Parts 1 – 7) by JAY
  • “Bard None: A Cinematic Guide to Really Bad Shakespeare” by JAY
  • Not a Xenu’s chance in hell… Travolta + Cruise does NOT = BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID!!! by JAY
  • Dex Romweber and the TWO HEADED COW… definitely the most bizarre documentary screening/concert I’ve ever seen! by COOP
  • 10 TOUGHEST MOVIE HEROES OF ALL TIME by COOP
  • TOP 10 REASONS TO WATCH THE OSCARS by Coop
  • TOP 10 HOLIDAY SEASON MOVIES by COOP
  • Top 10 Scariest Horror Scenes by COOP
  • Top 10 Greatest Halloween Villains by COOP
  • TOP 10 HALLOWEEN MOVIES by SEBASTIAN
  • DARK SIDE announces the BEST MOVIE VILLAIN of 2008… Who will claim 2009? **UPDATED**
  • DARK SIDE announces the BEST MOVIE VILLAIN of 2007… Who will claim 2009?
  • THE DARK SIDE CRITIC stars in his own horror short!!!
  • Porky’s Revenge: Swine Flu and the Virus in Film… by JAY
  • Top 10 Greatest Movie Titles Ever!
  • Top 11 Baddest Killer Robots!
  • Why Hollywood Needs to Make Stupid Movies
  • Ten Movies Designed to Offend Your Religion (Part 1)
  • Ten Movies Designed to Offend Your Religion (Part 2)
  • Why Manly-Men Love Action Flick Chicks
  • Action Flick Chick’s Zombie Survival Guide for a Small Town
  • No Comments •

    Comments

    Search
    Search Form
    Trailer for the award-winning short PRISMA…


    A corporate promotional VHS tape from 1984 conceals a brain-altering signal which is said to grant increased health, longevity and psychic powers to those who watch it. View at your own risk...

    WINNER: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, 2017 Oxford Film Festival

    WINNER: BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, 2017 FantaSci Short Film Festival

    SEMI-FINALIST: 2017 NanoCon International Science-Fiction Film Festival

    NOMINEE: BEST ANIMATION, 2017 End of Days Film Festival

    NOMINEE: BEST GRAPHICS, 2017 FantaSci Short Film Festival

    OFFICIAL SELECTION:
    2017 Nightmares Film Festival
    2017 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival
    2017 Oxford Film Festival
    2017 Crossroads Film Festival
    2017 Clarksdale Film Festival
    2017 Twisted Dreams Film Festival
    2017 Tupelo Film Festival
    2017 NanoCon International Sci-Fi Film Festival
    2017 FantaSci Short Film Festival
    2017 End of Days Film Festival
    2017 Grenada Afterglow Film Festival
    2017 Shiver International Film Festival

    Trailer for the lost short GOD MAKER…


    Northern Mississippi 1932:
    In a cabin in the woods, a blind blues guitarist will discover his destiny from a lovesick goddess who seeks to corrupt his soul.

    GOD MAKER remains unfinished and in limbo for now, but the trailer expresses the mood and imagery intended for the project...

    Coop’s award-winning 48 hour short film trailer for REGRESS…


    Told in reverse, this experimental made-in-48-hours film begins with a shocking murder then backtracks (like a viewer rewinding a VHS tape) to reveal the chilling origins of this tragedy.

    WINNER: BEST SHORT FILM at the 2013 Clarksdale Film Festival...
    NOMINATED: BEST DIRECTING by the 2012 48hr. Guerrilla Film Challenge (international contest)...
    OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Crossroads Film Festival

    Watch Coop’s award-winning short film THE BEST DAY…


    WINNER: 2012 MAGNOLIA FILM FESTIVAL "Best Homegrown Film"
    WINNER: 2012 SEATTLE TRUE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL "Best Scream"

    OFFICIAL SELECTION:
    2012 OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL
    2012 CLARKSDALE FILM FESTIVAL
    2012 CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL
    2012 NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI FILM FESTIVAL
    2012 ATLANTA INDIE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
    2012 OTHERFEST
    2012 MISSISSIPPI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    2012 SUN AND SAND FILM FESTIVAL

    Morgan Freeman asks Coop a question at THE BEST DAY premiere! Video below…


    My short film THE BEST DAY premiered in October 2011 at the Delta Cinema in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

    Little did I know I had a special guest in the audience who was about to ask me a question during the Q&A. Yep, I got a little flustered when I saw who it was.

    The Small Town Critic’s SCREENWRITING SERVICES
    Follow Coop on Twitter...
      follow me on twitter
      Follow smalltowncritic on Twitter
      Archives
      Subscribe via Email!

      Enter your email address:

      Delivered by FeedBurner

      Subscribe via RSS feed!