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Skellig: The Owl Man (2009)

Skellig (original title)
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After moving with his family into a new home, a boy discovers a bird-like man living in the old garage on their property.

Director:

Annabel Jankel (as AJ Jankel)

Writers:

David Almond (book), Irena Brignull (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Skellig
Kelly Macdonald ... Louise
Bill Milner ... Michael
John Simm ... Dave
Skye Bennett ... Mina
Jermaine Allen Jermaine Allen ... Leakey
Eros Vlahos ... Coot
Edna Doré Edna Doré ... Grace (as Edna Dore)
Alexander Armstrong ... Mr Hunt
Navin Chowdhry ... Mr Watson
Nickie Rainsford Nickie Rainsford ... Mina's Mother
Tameka Empson Tameka Empson ... Nurse 1
Lisa Zahra Lisa Zahra ... Nurse 2
Keiron Self ... Suited Man
Queenie Wren Dempsey Queenie Wren Dempsey ... Baby Grace
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Unatheletic pre-teen schoolboy Michael is dragged to a new home in the countryside by his father Dave. Fitting in with new classmates is hard, but Michael bonds with protective jock Leakey and a fellow nerd nature lover. In a garden shed he discovers a strange, weak man with owl wings, who becomes a friend whom he helps regain strength and evacuates him to a tree house when father burns down the shed. Learning the 'owl man' is a rundown force of nature, Michael hopes he can help his baby sister's probably fatal medical condition. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some peril and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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(at around 12 mins) Louise drops on the floor flower in pot along with her mobile. A few seconds later the mobile is on top of box again. See more »

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Recipe for a good movie.
12 February 2011 | by JohnRayPetersonSee all my reviews

Recipe for a good movie. First, as the base, you take an award winning novel, two awards in this case are better than one, then you add a generous portion of creativity, from Brignull and Jankell you could hardly expect anything less, and finally you throw in the right amount of great talent which the casting people (whoever was responsible) were not stingy about doing. Follow this process and you get a good movie. I did not specify what kind, genre or type of movie because the formula should work with just about all types.

In this case it's about a fantasy/mystery/social drama kind of movie, not at all what attracts the general population of moviegoers. Some movie connaisseurs will find it hard to resist one of the elements of this recipe and if the critics favour the result, then more movie lovers will care to give it a look. Finally when you add the reviews of all those that have seen the movie and like it, you will get a good rating; (44.4% had rated it 8 or more, at the time I wrote this review), which in turn will hopefully attract more and more viewers.

That's not at all why I watched it or why I liked it or even why I'm recommending it by giving it a really good rating. I am a fan of Tim Roth, have been for some time. I am a fan of Kelly Macdonald, just recently since I watched the HBO series 'Boardwalk Empire'; she caught my attention in that series, thus I've been looking for projects where she plays a role and so I stumbled on this fine movie.

Roth and Macdonald play their characters as well as you'd expect, certainly as well as I expected. Bill Milner was the surprise for me as the main and most important part in the movie is played by this fourteen year old. His character is the thread that binds all the parts of this movie and he pulled it off like a pro.

I don't care for fantasy movies and unless a similar set of circumstances occurs, I'll likely not see one for a long time. At the end of this movie I felt good about life just a little bit more and for a fleeting moment. Whatever your reasons are for watching it, the right recipe or the right set of circumstances, in either case, don't miss it. If on the other hand you don't believe the recipe has merit, don't agree with the talent I referred to or are not a fan of any of the key actors, you won't like this movie; also if you have little time to spare and only get to watch a few movies now and then and require a sure mass entertainment product, stick with the tried and true candy-ass movies you always watch and you won't go wrong.


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