A magical disappearing act

August 23, 2006

The Illusionist (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443543/)


The Illusionist stars Edward Norton as Eisenheim, a magician who comes from a less than fortunate background but builds a great audience and reputation. This period film is set in Vienna around 1900 (I think) and deals with the mystery, romance, and magic between Edward Norton and Jessica Biel, his childhood forbidden-love girlfriend. Since Jessica Biel is of nobility (duchess), she is to be married to the power hungry prince. Of course, Eisenheim does not want to lose the duchess’ love and involves himself in matters concerning her, the prince, the police (Paul Giamatti as an inspector dude), as well as the public audience. I don’t want to give anything away, so you should check it out if you want to know more about how these affairs are resolved.

In my opinion, there’s not much to say about The Illusionist.  It’s a straightforward flick that is pretty predictable.  It entertains and is engaging for the most part but never tries to be anything more.  Its potential is there, but in the end the movie plays well and wraps up fairly cleanly.  (I have a few questions, but on the whole pretty straightforward)  The movie has a lot of pretty magic tricks; however, the tricks are obviously impossible and made with hollywood magic solely for a narrative purpose.

The Illusionist is a film that is really, truly harmless.  It’s worth seeing only because there’s nothing much to see in theaters now.  It’s a movie that will fly under the radar for its plainness and its satisfactory grade.  In a sense it’s a disappointment since it could’ve been so much more, but at the same time, the film saves itself from being pretentious and just plain bad.  The Illusionist is a disappearing act, a nice diversion though it will fade quickly from your memory.

3 disappearing people out of 5

Next time: Don’t know yet, maybe some soap or asian stuff


2 Responses to “A magical disappearing act”

  1. utkarsh Says:

    woow .. lots of reviews .. worth a book mark.
    Nice informative post, will see when can i download it. 7.3/10 @IMDB .. not bad

  2. arrtee121 Says:

    thanks for the comment utkarsh, the flick was enjoyable though pretty straightforward and unspectacular

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