Sarah 30, Death Race 26; 14 of 24 categories completed
I sobbed through the last five minutes of The Illusionist. The word "melancholy" features prominently in nearly every review I've read of the movie, but something about the combination of the score, the grumpy rabbit checking out the hill above Edinburgh, and the note he leaves her at the end took me to Niagara Falls.
I really liked it, but the relationship between the illusionist and his…"roommate"? It's a bit confusing, which is not a bad thing in and of itself; reading more about the real-life backstory in the reviews clarified matters somewhat, but that shouldn't have been necessary; I didn't know quite how to feel about her, and about him as a result. Is she childlike, or just greedy? What note had she planned to leave?
Maybe it's better that I don't know. It's beautifully done, and the soundtrack will kill you; I liked The Triplets of Belleville, but didn't think it quite lived up to its reputation, and I like this one more. I don't see it winning its category, but it's so different in look and tone from the other two entrants in Best Animated Feature that it's hard for me to compare them.
Tags: movies Oscars 2011 Death Race snif! The Illusionist