Movie Review, The Illusionist, Brett A

The Illusionist. Just a magic act. Or is it? This Movie is a mysterious love story about a boy named Eisenheim (Edward Norton), who is a magician from a young age, who falls in love with a young girl named Sophie (Jessica Biel) who had been born into riches. “Oh no, another poor boy who falls in love with a rich girl,” is what you would think at the beginning of this film. But it is much more. Eisenheim and Sophie are separated at a young age but meet again when Sophie is called up as a volunteer at one of Eisenheim’s shows. Of course Sophie is still living in royalty, almost engaged to the prince (where have I heard this before?). After they reunite Sophie and Eisenheim are determined to be together forever.
I thought The Illusionist was a great film. Directed by Neil Burger, the plot was cliché but the story was original and new and creative. The acting was phenomenal. The story and dialogue were so believable and well explained, I felt like I could have jumped right into the movie. Most people say magic and films don’t mix. In regards to this movie I would say that statement is dead wrong. The Illusionist came together to not only entertain you with a movie but also with magic acts that still portrayed to the plot. In the Movie everything came together eventually. There wasn’t one un-important part in the whole movie. This is what really sold the film for me. I especially liked the roll of Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti). In the beginning he was a huge fan of Eisenheim’s magic but through the power of the prince he was forced to dislike and shut down the magic show. And as hard as he worked to expose Eisenheims magic and arrest him because Crown Prince Leopold told him to, deep down he always admired Eisenheim. At the end his true feelings for Eisenheim really come out (I really liked how you could see this just by his facial expressions). One last thing that really caught my attention in this move was the music. Maybe it’s just because I’m a musician but the music used in the movie moved me. It played a vital roll in the mood of the movie that fit just right with the plot.
I really shouldn’t call Eisenheim’s acts magic acts. Because they weren’t so much acts of magic, but acts of illusion and intelligence and engineering. So just go through and replace all the times I said, “magic show” with “Illusion engineering show which shows Eisenheim’s intelligence.”
I would without a doubt give The Illusionist at least a 9 out of 10. The complex thought behind the simple story made the movie an amazing piece of work by the director/writer Neil Burger (plus a bit of magic). This movie could take the pure curiosity of a child and bring it out of anyone. I would recommend it to anyone. So go out and experience the “Illusion engineering show that shows Esenheim’s intelligence” that is The Illusionist.


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