The Illusionist review by Siva Kumar - Cinema Paradiso
The Illusionist is a French animation movie directed by Sylvain Chomet. The original script for the movie is written by acclaimed French director Jacques Tati. The script was written well before Tati’s death in 1982 but it became a movie adoption only in 2010. The realistic storyline follows the life an out of work illusionist and his new admirer.
A struggling illusionist living in Paris is forced to leave the city when his employment opportunities dry up. He meets a young girl named Alice in Scotland and gives her a gift. Alice believes that the illusionist’s supernatural powers are real and follows him in his travel.
He struggles hard to give new gifts to Alice and undertakes various other jobs to buy them. The movie depicts the affection of the illusionist towards Alice is a great way.
The movie’s portrayal of the struggling illusionist is quite amazing. The movie is certainly not targeted at younger audience as certain aspects of the movie can be understood only grown up people. The financial struggle of the illusionist, his new young admirer, other fading artists and the modern competition from pop singers are all depicted without any flaw.
The stunning visuals help in narrating the story perfectly. However, there are no great special effects that we normally watch in other animation films. The simple, yet powerful, visuals are a great advantage in this kind of narration. Limited usage of dialogues is another good thing that deserves mention. Most of the film’s story is depicted visually with limited dialogues. If you love melancholic drama, ‘The Illusionist’ is one great movie that you certainly don’t want to miss.