THE ILLUSIONIST, movie review by Cooper

“Promise me you won’t do it again.”

            “I promise you you’ll enjoy this next show”

Entrancing. Astounding. Intriguing. These are the words that come to mind when watching Neil Burger’s classic film, The Illusionist. It is a story about a great magician named Eisenheim who uses his intelligence to trick a crown prince and be with the women he loves. The special effects, fantastic acting and unique story line made this movie such a success.

Edward Norton gives an intense performance in his role as Eisenheim. His facial expressions while he is putting on a show question whether you actually believe he has supernatural powers. Jessica Beil plays Sophie, the duchess who is engaged to the crown prince but in love with Eisenheim. She does a very good job at not just relying on beauty in order to pull off a role like some actresses do. Paul Giamatti plays Inspector Uhl, who initially works for the Crown Prince and has orders to ruin Eisenheim, but becomes so fascinated in him that he finds he cannot. Giamatti makes his character very interesting when you realize that he really is not a bad guy, he just works for one. One of my favorite parts of the film was the very end when Inspector Uhl figures everything out and all the mysteries are unraveled. The cinematography engages you in a way that makes your eyes unable to leave the screen.

There are many themes or lessons that can be taken from this film. True love conquers all could be a classic on the surface moral for this movie, but not quite fitting. The love in this movie had to fight in order to stay alive. However, Eisenheim and Sophie did not fight with swords or guns, but with intelligence. For example, instead of just sneaking up on the Crown Prince and killing him, they just tricked him into thinking that Sophie was dead, and actually framed the Crown Prince. So, a more fitting moral could be that intelligence is mightier than the sword.

The Illusionist is a film that can be enjoyed by any audience, especially those who enjoy mysteries and romance. It is very well written and extraordinarily acted. I was once told that you know something is good when you want to see what happens next and I did not want this movie to end. 

“Promise me you won’t do it again.”

            “I promise you you’ll enjoy this next show”

Entrancing. Astounding. Intriguing. These are the words that come to mind when watching Neil Burger’s classic film, The Illusionist. It is a story about a great magician named Eisenheim who uses his intelligence to trick a crown prince and be with the women he loves. The special effects, fantastic acting and unique story line made this movie such a success.

Edward Norton gives an intense performance in his role as Eisenheim. His facial expressions while he is putting on a show question whether you actually believe he has supernatural powers. Jessica Beil plays Sophie, the duchess who is engaged to the crown prince but in love with Eisenheim. She does a very good job at not just relying on beauty in order to pull off a role like some actresses do. Paul Giamatti plays Inspector Uhl, who initially works for the Crown Prince and has orders to ruin Eisenheim, but becomes so fascinated in him that he finds he cannot. Giamatti makes his character very interesting when you realize that he really is not a bad guy, he just works for one. One of my favorite parts of the film was the very end when Inspector Uhl figures everything out and all the mysteries are unraveled. The cinematography engages you in a way that makes your eyes unable to leave the screen.

There are many themes or lessons that can be taken from this film. True love conquers all could be a classic on the surface moral for this movie, but not quite fitting. The love in this movie had to fight in order to stay alive. However, Eisenheim and Sophie did not fight with swords or guns, but with intelligence. For example, instead of just sneaking up on the Crown Prince and killing him, they just tricked him into thinking that Sophie was dead, and actually framed the Crown Prince. So, a more fitting moral could be that intelligence is mightier than the sword.

The Illusionist is a film that can be enjoyed by any audience, especially those who enjoy mysteries and romance. It is very well written and extraordinarily acted. I was once told that you know something is good when you want to see what happens next and I did not want this movie to end.

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