The coolest thing about The Illusionist is that every trick he does is something that can be performed practically. The movie does use a little CGI because of production constraints and for a little extra ‘oomph,’ but each trick is firmly based in reality (as stated in the commentary), which is even more amazing when you see the tricks performed.
That’s not a knock on the story, by the way. It’s a very good, engaging, tightly written story. An excellent mystery, full of misdirection with all the clues right out in front of you the whole time.
The only thing that I would have changed, possibly, is the choice of Edward Norton for the title role. I’m surprised by my own reaction, because I like Norton’s work generally, both in this movie and in others, but I think it would have been stronger with someone else in the role.
Still, well worth seeing. Four stars.
(By the way, despite many surface similarities, this movie and The Prestige are extremely different. See both if you can.)
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