The Illusionist ***
I watched The Illusionist last weekend and really liked it. It kept me guessing throughout and I thought the illusion tricks were very original. The acting was excellent and it’s one of those movies that flows smoothly so that you remain thoroughly entranced and lose all track of time as the film flows to it’s exciting conclusion. It’s a very good movie and is definitely worth watching.
Here’s a brief synopsis:
Set in early 1900s Vienna, Neil Burger’s romantic thriller centers on illusionist extraordinaire Eisenheim (Edward Norton), who falls for an aristocrat (Jessica Biel) well above his social standing. When she becomes engaged to Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell), the master magician employs his powers to win her love. His daring scheme creates tumult within the monarchy and ignites the suspicion of Chief Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti).
Sam’s 4 star guide:
**** Loved it
*** Really liked it
* Didn’t like it, wasted my time, would rather have watched a George Bush speech