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[The Illusionist]

I had intended to just Netflix The Illusionist, but a friend suggested going last night and so. Here we are.

Without spoilers I will say that Edward Norton was particularly good, especially as a good deal of his performance was sans dialogue, and that Paul Giamatti was excellent as always. I tend to enjoy things having to do with more or less Victorian magic and mediums, so the movie had me there. Also, it was beautifully shot for the most part.

I swear I am not one of those people who always says "oh, I totally saw that coming" because really, I'm not. There are lots of twisty movies that had me along for the ride, and lots of movies that people thought were predictable that I was blown away by. But when The Illusionist ended, my first thought was that the final scene had gone on too long and the director had told us too much. I was quite surprised to find out that my partner in crime had totally bought it, because from the beginning I was sure she wasn't dead, and so I was watching it for that.

The only thing that had made me doubt myself was the timeline. I'm still unclear on how long everything was supposed to take. Eisenheim mourns, buys a theater, etc, and in all of that time no one notices that her body has disappeared? And no one mucks out the stall?

And in the end, an innocent man kills himself. An innocent man with anger management issues, true, but I don't think he deserved to die for that.

(I have a lot of video & DVD things to post, as usual, but they'll have to wait. I have a pot of coffee & two discs worth of "House".)

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musesfool
Sep. 3rd, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
dude, that ending definitely went on too long, and was too heavyhanded. I did not need the explanation and thought it weakened the film.

I really did like the score, though.
ex_p2c2e211
Sep. 4th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
Not really related, but have you read "Affinity" by Sarah Waters (the medium love grabbed me)? I think it's her best book so far, and you might enjoy it too. Or not. ;)
letterboxed
Sep. 4th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
I have! I almost referenced it in this post. It's my favorite of hers because of the medium stuff. Yay! (It always seemed to me that a lot of people weren't big on that one, so it makes me happy when it turns out other people like it.)
shinyredtype
Sep. 5th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
So it is worth seeing, you think?
letterboxed
Sep. 5th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
Netflix, maybe.
shinyredtype
Sep. 5th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
Fair. Especially since I just read your spoilers. ;)
letterboxed
Sep. 5th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Hee! I mean, a lot of people really seemed to like it, so I don't know :)
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