The Illusionist (2006), Neil Burger, B+

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Friday, June 22nd, 2007

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I really enjoyed this movie. It is a “high B+” if that makes any sense. The photography, sets & art direction are astounding. Paul Giamatti is magnificent, Edward Norton is, as always, terrific and Rufus Sewell does a nice Joaqin Phoenix from “Gladiator.” (Correct me if I am wrong, but Jessica Biel is a little bit awful. Like, “I am watching a high school play” awful. Still, there isn’t much for her to do other than look pretty so it isn’t that big of a distraction.) The movie is predictable, though, and there’re one or two things that aren’t explained. . .but, still, this is a great old fashioned Hollywood movie that is quite enjoyable.

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  1. I’ve got to strongly disagree with you on this one. What makes this plot any more different than an average episode of the Twilight Zone? I agree that Paul Giamatti was great but isn’t this also a tired love story that’s been used a hundred times?

    Comment by ralph pulner — June 22, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

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