Some movies are romantic. Others are full of mystery and scandal. Some are full of intrigue and passion. The Illusionist are all of the those. I was pleasantly surprised when I sat down to watch this film. I have been a fan of Edward Norton since American History X, and Paul Giamatti has become one of our generations best character actors. I was not so sure about Jessica Biel, as really the only thing I’ve ever seen her in was on the TV in 7th Heaven. after watching this movie I continue to be impressed with Edward and Paul, and was quite impressed with Jessica Biel. Not only was the acting superb, but the cinematography was great, costumes were right on the mark, and the screenplay and direction was very good. The movie received some good reviews when it premiered and hit theaters, but I was surprised how really good it was.
A boy from the lower class meets and falls in love with a young duchess. His love for her is only matched by that of his love of magic. After they are literally pulled from one another they go their separate ways only to meet again 10-15 years later. He is a famous Illusionist, and she is to marry the Crown Prince. Mixing the love story in with the mystery of the magic, and the plot of a murder, and intrigue of the Crown Prince who plans to overthrow his father and become Emperor, added with the scandal of the love affair of the Princess and the magician, and you got one hell of a good movie. I thought it would be full of the occult and dark. It very well could have gone that way, and for a small while it did, but it pulled you back in at the right time. This is an excellent addition to any film library. B+