The Illusionist

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by jaxxster, Mar 18, 2007.

Mar 18, 2007

The Illusionist by jaxxster at 1:50 PM (1,123 Views / 0 Likes) 15 replies

  1. jaxxster
    OP

    Member jaxxster The Heretic

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2006
    Messages:
    2,423
    Location:
    South East London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Wow! What a great film, It was really nice to see a good film come through all the crap they're making these days. Edward Norton is a brilliant actor and no one else would have pulled off the role as well as he did, If you havent seen this film, go see it!

    The twist at the end left me with the biggest smile on my face and filled me with warmth, even i found myself clapping at his brilliance. [​IMG]
     
  2. Costello

    Administrator Costello Headmaster

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2002
    Messages:
    12,031
    Yes, I loved it too. And Edward Norton is such an awesome actor, he starred in the greatest movies (like Fight Club, American History X, Kingdom of Heaven, ...)

    I also loved Rufus Sewell (Prince Leopold), such a haughty character [​IMG]
     
  3. jaxxster
    OP

    Member jaxxster The Heretic

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2006
    Messages:
    2,423
    Location:
    South East London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Dont forget Rounders [​IMG] Thats one of my favourite films too with him in. The film was just so well put together.

    I already want to see this film soon and i only saw it a week a go, It just left me in awe!
     
  4. mthrnite

    Former Staff mthrnite So it goes.

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2006
    Messages:
    4,523
    Location:
    th' south
    Country:
    United States
    The best movie I've seen in a very long time. Hypnotizing it was.
    Yes it had a great story to it, but sometimes a good plot is crippled by technical or casting weaknesses... not here!
    The lighting and cinematography were awesome, it felt like I was watching a really old movie, and made the flick stylish without distracting from the substance. All the actors were perfect, especially Paul Giamatti, who deserves an Oscar for this one. Add Phillip Glass doing the soundtrack and you have an engrossing masterpiece where every element fits perfectly into the whole. I can't say enough good things about this film.

    If you're into magic, this film practically defines it on several levels.
     
  5. th3sandm4n

    Member th3sandm4n I'm here for the knowledge!

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2003
    Messages:
    1,517
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Country:
    United States
    Ya this was a great movie, I'm also a Norton fan so I thought I might just be biased towards it (alot of my friends say that The Prestige is better, although its technically a different film)
     
  6. BoneMonkey

    Banned BoneMonkey The cheese stash is a lie.

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2006
    Messages:
    3,226
    Location:
    USA
    Country:
    United States
    i didnt like the movie that much the prestige was wayyyyyyyy better
     
  7. sanghoku

    Member sanghoku GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    May 31, 2006
    Messages:
    102
    Country:
    Belgium
    i saw this one first and afterwards the prestige... i liked the illusionist better story-wise, although the plot of the prestige was more complex...
     
  8. Costello

    Administrator Costello Headmaster

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2002
    Messages:
    12,031
    The prestige was terribly predictable IMO... I had guessed the end and the tricks early in the movie...

    The illusionist was way better cinematographically speaking, as mthrnite said above.
     
  9. Elrinth

    Member Elrinth :Master beyond your imagination:

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2002
    Messages:
    2,795
    Location:
    Home @ UMEƅ
    Country:
    Sweden
    I thought the other way [​IMG]
     
  10. Lazycus

    Member Lazycus Rotten

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2006
    Messages:
    871
    Country:
    United States
    A pretty good movie, but if you couldn't see the end coming as soon as they slept together, well . . .
     
  11. spokenrope

    Member spokenrope c7

    Joined:
    May 26, 2006
    Messages:
    689
    Country:
    United States
    Though I liked both, I thought that the Prestige was much better, even though Edward Norton is one of my all time favorite actors.

    It just seemed very lame for the illusionist to have a story about magic and then have absolutely not "real" magic to speak of. All of it was computers or whatnot. Eventually the Prestige turned into this sort of thing, but at least it had some real tricks in it in the beginning.

    As something of an amateur magician, this made a difference to me.
     
  12. Costello

    Administrator Costello Headmaster

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2002
    Messages:
    12,031
    In the illusionist I think the magic was kept intact because they didn't reveal how the tricks worked.
    In the prestige, they kill the magic by revealing the (lame) tricks.

    don't tell me it wasnt all about computers in the prestige too [​IMG]
    unless
    Hugh Jackman has a twin, and Christian Bale can clone himself instantly and kill himself right after
    [​IMG]
     
  13. mr_blonde_88

    Member mr_blonde_88 Torture You? That's A Good Idea. I Like That

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2006
    Messages:
    913
    Location:
    Bristol (UK)
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    don't you mean
    Christian Bale has a twin, and Hugh Jackman can clone himself instantly and kill himself right after
     
  14. shadowboy

    Member shadowboy :D

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Messages:
    1,347
    Country:
    United States
    You know what movie was way better?
    The Lives of Others.
    Compared to that the Illusionist is just as crappy as mission impossible.
    Altho I loved how they tricked you the entire time by never showing how he did his magicks.
    But trust me, for a good time, see The Lives of Others.
     
  15. Costello

    Administrator Costello Headmaster

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2002
    Messages:
    12,031
    @mr_blonde_88: er yeah! my mistake
    I'm not very fond of both actors so I didnt really pay attention.
     
  16. mr_blonde_88

    Member mr_blonde_88 Torture You? That's A Good Idea. I Like That

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2006
    Messages:
    913
    Location:
    Bristol (UK)
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    haha, fair enough

    just thought id'd point it out
     

Share This Page