Movies I Slept Through – The Illusionist

“The Illusionist” is a French made animated movie that is very subtle and has almost no dialogue. In other words, it’s perfect to sleep through.

“The Illusionist” follows an aging magician in a world that just isn’t interested anymore. He’s being replaced by rock n’ roll and doesn’t know what to do with himself. He eventually meets a drunk that’s impressed by his magic. He’s then invited to Scotland where he meets a young woman who’s also impressed. When the man is leaving town, the young woman sneaks out of her home and onto the train. It’s kind of like Lolita except it isn’t sexual, and I’m pretty sure this woman is of age. Ok, ok, so I never finished Lolita(kept falling asleep) but I imagine it takes place in the type of world where an old man could impress a girl with magic tricks.

The animation is incredible. It manages to be grounded in reality and whimsical at the same time. I found myself dosing off a bit just because, well, no one was saying anything and I figured I could slip in a couple of z’s without it mattering.

“The Illusionist” is powerful, if you aren’t careful, it might make you remember you care about things. That being said, isn’t for everyone. If you’d be upset that the old man doesn’t even try to “tap that” then strap on your coma pants and snooze away, but if you’ve ever sat at your crappy job and wondered why your BS degree didn’t bring you all the riches the world can offer, then drink a cup of coffee or two before hand and enjoy.