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Published on Feb 8, 2011
The Illusionist is the type of movie that sneaks up on you. I spent most of my time watching the film in a sort of pleasant trance. I marveled at the beautiful, hand-drawn animation. I smiled and chuckled quietly at a running gag about the titular character and his surly rabbit that hates being stuffed into a hat. I drank in the attention to character design that made it possible to tell the story with incredibly sparse dialogue. And then the film hammered me with such a bittersweet--and ultimately sad--third act that I was stunned when I realized how emotionally invested I had become in the slight story and eccentric characters. http://www.theparallaxreview.com/imag...