The Illusionist Movie Review

10:30 PM


I was really amazed by this 2006 movie, The Illusionist.

I once mentioned in one of my posts that I am really late in watching movies. But anyway, better late than never. :D If you have viewed this movie already and had taken a moment watching even the beginning credits, you will find that it is based to a short story by Steven Millhauser, Eisenheim, The Illusionist. As a fan of classic literature and very fond of short stories, I searched the web, wanting to read the story after watching the movie yesterday night. I was somewhat curious to find resemblances between the two arts. Millhauser is not a popular writer that’s why his works are a bit hard to find. Good thing I found a PDF file!

Credits to Google.
After reading the story, I wasn’t that satisfied maybe because I already saw the movie and had known already about the features. But If I were to recommend you, read first about the story then watch later the movie.

The plot is about this popular magician who does tricks with striking originality. The common magical illusions other magicians do, he replace them with uncanny and notable inventions of his own. And this magician is Eisenheim. In the short story, the whole thing evolves only around Eisenheim’s incredible magic and competition with his rivals in the theatre world where they perform.

In Neil Burger’s adaptation of the movie, the story focused to Eisenheim’s love story. The story had been narrated from the point of view of the chief inspector, Herr Uhl, who was a fan of him but later became a secret investigator of Eisenheim’s tricks because of the crowned prince. I forgot to mention that the setting was in late 1800’s and beginning of 1900’s in Vienna. Eisenheim had only one love; they were childhood sweethearts but their relationship was unwanted because the girl came from a well-known family of their country while Eisenheim was a son of a cabinet maker only. Truth is, knowing the life of Eisenheim was even a mystery. It had only been read from newspapers and magazines. Little is known about his early life and his life outside the realm of illusion. This had made the story exciting and peculiar. It’s funny how I shifted my point of view from the protagonist to the narrator. If you are not focused on the movie, you will not understand how and why it came to that climax. I thought Eisenheim was just only skilful in making his own devices for magic and also dexterous in performing illusions. I even thought that he’s weak especially when it came to the part of spirituality and ghosts. But as the movie reaches its end, it proved that Eisenheim is intelligent and is exemplary with tricks and secrets.
Edward Norton (credits to Google)
My rating of this movie? 9/10. It should’ve shown more tricks and more competition with his fellow magicians just like in the story. But its revision and the setting up of the reason to Eisenheim’s vanishing was excellent! I also like that Edward Norton played Eisenheim’s character. He was perfect for it.

You can click here and read the short story.

You Might Also Like

4 comments

  1. im not really into this kind of genre but you made it sound so good. so maybe ill give this a shot =D thank you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  2. For his very close friend Derek Wadsworth he played on
    "Metropolitan Man" (1974) by former Animals keyboardist
    Alan Price, who went on to enjoy considerable pop star success with several deeply infectious tunes in the mid to
    late 60s with his own Alan Price Set. In 1992, it was
    remastered and renamed "The Celts" to be used by the BBC for the television series of the same name.
    Have you ever noticed how whenever there's a tragic event like the recent bridge collapse in Minnesota that the various news channels manage to conjure up a theme song for each particular incident.

    my blog post ... Jean Michel Jarre Discography Free Download

    ReplyDelete
  3. But the next thing which will definitely come to your mind is on which specification you
    want to develop your website - content based website, graphic
    based website, etc. For a good amount innovations of what to
    include, please see "Power Words for Business Cards".

    If you build a website, which is based on content; it will have
    more content and less graphic pictures.

    Feel free to visit my web-site; The Design Entrepreneur Free Download

    ReplyDelete
  4. Use the Stock Market to create passive income by ‘Renting’ your shares (writing covered calls is the technical name for
    this strategy) & combine this with a Real Estate portfolio designed to give you capital
    growth (he focuses on how to get ‘no money down’ deals).
    You can also find bible e - Book on the web to complete your quiet time with God.
    A thought in this substance, produces the thing that
    is imaged by the thought.

    My blog :: Free Pdf Ebook Download

    ReplyDelete

Let me hear your thoughts!