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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Illusionist - a movie review

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The Illusionist (L'illusionniste)

A coming of age animation about an out of work French magician who travels to Scotland where he meets a young woman, Alice, and embark on an adventure that would change both their lives.

Set in the 50’s, The Illusionist captures the change of pace in entertainment value at the time.  Being replaced by an emerging rock and roll band, he has no choice but to perform at parties and bars.  That’s where he met Alice, who was smitten by his magic tricks. Alice left the bar where she was working and “snuck” a trip with the magician to Scotland. The magician finds a job and lets Alice take care of the room along with the other occupants of the hotel.  The magician rewards Alice for her belief in him by buying her expensive gifts, which in turn, was the beginning of the end of their special bond.

The Illusionist might be considered a silent movie if not for the vague whispers of all the characters.  Something you rarely see in animation these days.  What it lacks in words, spoke volumes with their actions. It had a lot of light moments (the illusionist vs. the rabbit), as well as dark moments (the clown trying to commit suicide, the ventriloquist drunk at the corner street). The main characters were strong and very identifiable.

The Illusionist was among the nominees for the Oscars and I can see why.  It truly is a throwback to the days where you don’t need 3D effects and dazzling graphics to capture your imagination.  The dreams of the characters make for the essence of the movie, their struggles bittersweet. Definitely a must-see.

 

  

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