Summary: A mix of intrigue, magic, romance and supernatural mystery beneath a dramatic context, this movie is beautiful above sad. I did not find any new or fresh property, but I would say the scenery and the cast, become the film in a sweet caress to my eyes.
Summary: If there's one thing that can be said for the Illusionist, it's that it's a very beautiful film, full of poetic moments and carefully composed shots. The script itself falls a little flat, as the characters fade into the background as more twists and turns are added into the plot. It bears comparison to the Prestige, but it's really a different type of film and, sadly, not nearly as impactful, either thematically or character-wise.
Excerpt: Once upon a time a peasant boy (Edward Norton) and a princess (Jessica Biel) fell in love. The boy was driven away, only to return an accomplished magician, with the wonderful skill of creating illusion. There he finds his old love and also discovers that she is going to marry the unpleasant Crown Prince Leopold (the amazing Rufus Sewell). They are in love, but can they ever be together?
Excerpt: Much like his previous film, The Triplets of Belleville, Sylvain Chomet has crafted a superior comedy with some heartfelt (if at time gut wrenching) drama in an animated film. Believed to have been written by Jacques Tati as a love letter to his daughter, The Illusionist is the story of passion to ones profession and the cold truth of that passion.
Excerpt: An illusionist meets his childhood sweetheart again while she is consort to the crown prince and they plan to elope together, but when she is murdered the grief stricken magician appears to conjure up the spirits of the dead. The first thing that strikes you about The Illusionist is its sheer beauty; shot in a way that harks back to the silent era combined with a lush, deep palette of warm colours it is truly stunning to look at.
Excerpt: Eisenheim the Illusionist (born Eduard Abramovich) falls for Duchess von Teschen (Jessica Biel). There forbidden relationship due to social class has been a problem for them. Chief Inspector Walter Uhl (Paul Giamatti) tries to solve the murder of the Duchess. Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) tries to shut down the shows of Eisenheim. It had some funny moments and the cinematography was elegant. Unfortunately, the screenplay wasn't that convincing.
Summary: This came out around the same time as 'The Prestige' and both movies looked very similar. 'Prestige' is easily the better film, but this movie was good in it's own right and had it's own cool twist. However, I can't forgive the casting of Jessica Biel.
Excerpt: I just blind-bought this film yesterday and wasn't totally amazed. Triplets is a masterpiece compared to The Illusionist. Still, it's a very good animated film and better than most CGI animated films. Sure, the animation is beautiful and it's always nice seeing European cities and villages that make me want to move there, but the story isnt strong enough (as most Tati films).