Excerpt: I’m a sucker for the Academy Awards. I don’t profess to have all the answers, have the “right” taste and essentially shrug my shoulders and will give any movie a chance. I think “The Academy” likes that, but then again they most likely don’t know I exist. I’m getting to a point, I promise.
Excerpt: I have no idea why this happens or why it happens so often in Hollywood, but I call them “twin movies.” You know what I’m talking about, films that have a similiar theme or plot, though they have different actors.
Conclusion: The Illusionist is a deeply moving film. It's not hard to see what it's really about, but digesting its themes and what they really mean remains a great challenge. The greater focus on the themes and emotions by way of leaving out everything but the most basic of storytelling components is a welcome...
Excerpt: Jacques Tati was one of the most inspired comic writers, directors, and actors of the 20th century, though his sense of humor was so dry and subtle that his movies are often more brilliant than funny.
Conclusion: Well-acted and filmed in some beautiful locations, The Illusionist is an engaging, if emotionally bleak mystery/romance. The audio is fine, although I do wish they'd made more of an effort on the video, and why not just port the DVD extras onto Blu-ray? Product Details
Conclusion: The biggest mystery about 'The Illusionist' is what has taken Fox so long to release it on Blu-ray. The film is an engaging period thriller with compelling performances and atmosphere. The high-def disc looks and sounds pretty great overall, despite a few flaws.
Conclusion: Moviegoers had the choice of two mystery-driven, magic-related period pieces in 2006—both of them with twist endings—and while The Prestige is the flashier and more ambitious of the two, The Illusionist plays a clever game with its cinematic sleight-of-hand.