Review: The Illusionist (2010)

The Illusionist is a dazzling, magical love letter to Edinburg, directed by the marvellously talented Sylvain Chomet.

It tells the story of a French illusionist who, when he finds himself out of work, travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

While the story may be basic, what we see on-screen offers more to the imagination than could ever be transcribed in words. Chomet. Each scene has been lovingly drawn to ultimate perfection to ensure an original story, by the talented French comic Jacques Tati, is brought to life in a dignified, beautiful way.

By doing this, Chomet is able to remind audiences of the attention to detail and amount of personality and love that comes with hand-drawn 2D animation.

Showcasing a picturesque Edinburgh in the mid 1950’s, The Illusionist is a comical, heartwarming and beautifly captured film that will enchant anyone.

The Illusionist is a beautifully real, stylistic and moving piece of cinema. An utter joy to behold.

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