06 September 2006

The Illusionist

On Monday afternoon, Tod and I went to see The Illusionist.
Based on Steven Millhauser's short story Eisenheim the Illusionist, it's a fantastic movie about Edward, a boy who meets a travelling magician, is entranced by his magic, when he is of age, travels the world perfecting his talents.

Eventually, he ends up in Vienna, where he crosses paths with a childhood (but above his standing) sweetheart, Sophie, who is engaged to the Crown Prince. Edward, now Eisenheim, sets out to win Sophie back, and at the same time undermine the corrupt Crown Prince.

Amazing performances by Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, and especially Edward Norton. A great story for lovers of romantic suspense, and also for those interested in magic and illusion.

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