22 July 2024


Tomorrow in UK & Ireland sees the release of Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist a beautifully drawn animation set inEdinburgh and various beautiful spots around Scotland. The story centre’s around a old style stage magican in the 1950’s whose one of a dying breed of entertainers with the emergance of rock stars stealing his thunder and life is now work  coming in the most obscure places. As things seem to be getting bad there’s one little girl, Alice who changes his life forever.

This movie will delight children and adults who love the tradition 2d form of animation which is completely different from the norm of the Walt Disney style but still has that enchanting element from the old disney flick. This is a qaulity film from a qaulity animator in the form of Slyvain Chomet who won 2 oscars in 2003 with his previous movie Belleville Rendez-Vous, so if you enjoyed that animation you’ll love this and if you love the legendary Jacques Tati (whose story this is based on) you really enjoy this.

The movie is on national release in UK & Ireland from tomorrow and Christmas day (25th December) in USA. Check out these two clips from the movie  one called ‘Lady Singer’ showning the illusionist trying to win over the crowd and the second called Exercise showning our movies protaganist trying to get himself into a exercise regime!

Synopsis: The Illusionist is one of a dying breed of stage entertainers. With emerging rock stars stealing his thunder in the late 1950s, he is forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theatres, at garden parties and in bars and cafés. However, whilst performing in a village pub off the west coast of Scotland, he encounters Alice, an innocent young girl, who will change his life forever. Watching his performance to the excited villagers who are celebrating the arrival of electricity on their remote island, Alice becomes awestruck by his show and believes his tricks are real magic. Following him to Edinburgh, she keeps his home while he goes to work in a small local theatre. Enchanted by her enthusiasm for his act, he rewards her with increasingly lavish gifts he has ‘conjured’ into existence. Desperate not to disappoint her, he cannot bring himself to reveal that magic does not exist and that buying these gifts is driving him to ruin. But as Alice comes of age, she finds love and moves on. The Illusionist no longer has to pretend and, untangled from his own web of deceit, resumes his life as a much wiser man.

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Here’s the UK trailer as well as this look so good, enjoy!

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