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Guess what the postman brought us today.
Yes, the fella delivered the seductive nymph Jessica of Biel fame. 😉
Ah, if only. If only.
We got the DVD of the Oscar-nominated The Illusionist today.
Besides Jessica Biel, The Illusionist also features Ed Norton and Paul Giamatti in key roles.
It’s 9:47PM and we just finished watching this beautiful 110-minute film.
Not About Biel
Schmucks, the charm of this film is not in Jessica Biel, attractive though she is.
No, not at all.
But more in Ed Norton, Paul Giamatti and the alluring, ‘magical’ story that quickly draws you in its tight embrace.
Like The Prestige, Illusionist also has magic and love as its raisons d’être.
But they are handled with greater elan better in the Illusionist.
Set in Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century, Illusionist is the story of a magician Eisenheim (the grownup version is played by Ed Norton) who finds his childhood sweetheart the Duchess Sophie von Teschen (grownup version played by Jessica Biel) 15 years after they were forcibly separated.
As the two get close and discover that the passage of time has not diminished their old love, strong opposition comes in the form of the brutish Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell), who’s all set to marry Sophie.
Can Eisenheim and Sophie outwit the prince and his henchman, the Police Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti)? Well, you’ll have to watch the movie to find out the answer.
Adding to the charm of the gripping narrative is the vastly superior acting talent of Ed Norton.
Christian Bale (The Prestige) is a jackass in comparison. Just no match
The sepia-toned photography in Illusionist is a visual feast immensely adding to the charm of this gem.
Whether it’s the indoor scenes in the palace or the auditorium or the outdoor scenes, the camera work is excellent.
Folks, The Prestige is no patch on The Illusionist, which is leagues ahead.
The final scene at the train station with the nervous old, bearded man climbing into the coach, Inspector Uhl in pursuit, the green train chugging out of the station and Uhl having a “Eureka” moment in which he unravels the plot while standing on the platform is one of those “We’ll always have Paris” events in movies.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends The Illusionist. I’ve watched this film twice and I wouldn’t mind seeing it again.
If you live in the U.S., you can rent The Illusionist from Netflix or maybe even your neighborhood Blockbuster (update: not any more since most if not all stores are closed).