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This review is from: The Illusionist [DVD] (DVD)
'The Illusionist' is based in early 1900's Vienna and begins when a carpenter's son falls in love with a girl who is in a higher class to him. The two are then seperated and he then turns to the mysterious world of magic. Many years later, the boy, now a famous magician named Eisenheim, performs in theatres to the masses. When the Crown Prince hears of his talents, he wishes to see it for himself and during one of his tricks, Eisenheim is reunited with is love, but she is already engaged to the Crown Prince. He must then use his magical abilities to get her back once and for all.
This film has it all - suspense, romance, mystery, action and best of all, magic! With some fantastic performances from the lead cast - Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti and Rufus Sewell, and some amazing set pieces and special effects that had me totally engrossed in the movie from start to finish. Although this wasn't advertised as much as The Prestige (one of my favourite movies) I feel that this should have been equally praised by the critics as it is easily as brilliant as it and then some. The story kept me guessing the whole way through and had a really unexpected twist at the end.
This is without a doubt one of the best films that I've seen recently and one that I'll definitely be recommending to others.
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Initial post: 3 Apr 2009 11:38:22 BDT
Purple Lady says:
I found this review gave a very uplifting account of the film and I am now going to be another person drawn into it's world of magic! Who knows I may do a review on it once I have had the chance to sit back and enjoy it for myself, watch this space...
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