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The Illusionist Movie Review Film Studies Essay

Paper Type: Free Essay Subject: Film Studies
Wordcount: 762 words Published: 1st Jan 2015

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The genre of the movie is drama. It has been one of the most famous films because of their excellent presentation; good script, directing and clear enough to deliver the message to the audience. The Illusionist Film is produced by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Michael London, Cathy Schulman,Bob Yari and screen writer/director is by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, and Paul Giamatti. That movie is based on Steven Millhauser’s short story called s”Eisenheim the Illusionist”. The Illusionist movie is right balance to the romance and true piece of the magic. The story is basically about of Eisenheim who was a magician in turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna.

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First of all, I would like to tell about the Eisenhemin’s lifestyle and history. He was the son of a cabinetmaker in Austria-Hungary. One day, he met a travel magician along street. That magician illustrated him some a few magic tricks. Since then Eisenhemin become obsessed with the magic tricks and started to practice to become better in it. At that time, some people believed that Eisenhemin got some special power.

Eisenhemin and Sophie were childhood friends and when they grew older they fell in love but Sophe’s family did not approved of it. After that, Eisenhemin went out to his native town and traveled around the world and started to learn more magic tricks.  After 15 years later, Eisenhemin became a famous magician in Vienna. So Crown Prince Leopold came to see his illusionist. In that time, Eisenhemin wanted to show one of his best illusion tricks. So he requested that he needed one performance to help with his illusion. That is why, Crown Prince made his fiancée Sophie volunteered for his performance. By the time, Eisenhemin and Sophie met on stage again; both were immediately remember their childhood days.

However, The Illusionist is an intense battles of wills between the despicable Prince Leopold and the cunning Eisenheim, with officer Uhl – an amateur magician himself and someone fascinated with Eisenheim’s work – stuck in the middle. Is Eisenheim calling on supernatural powers when he makes butterflies appear out of thin air, plants grow to full height in the space of mere minutes, or performs other extraordinary tricks onstage, or is it all smoke and mirrors? Uhl seeks answers to the source of Eisenheim’s powers while delicately balancing his admiration for the magician with his duty to the Crown Prince.

At a royal Eisenheim takes the prince’s sword, balances it on its tip on the floor, evokes the myth of Excalibur and invites soldiers in the audience to remove it. The prince succeeds, but only after Eisenheim lifts the spell.

Eisenheim though about his new kind of magic show and he prepare for some equiment and purchases a run-down theater and opens a new performance. During his show, apparently spirits, on the stage. However people believe that he had supernature powers. In those days, Price Leopold heard that news, he was so disguise. During his show, he summons the spirit of Sophie who says someone in the theater murdered her, panicking Leopold. Later that Uhl has to shop that show and he just to do to make prince orders to rrest Eisenheim during his show but Uhl could not rest Esienheim because his body fades and disappears like his summoned spirits.

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So that why, Edward Norton was good performance as a master of illusionist and he is a calm reserve for the most part, yet is able to unleash playfulness when it’s called for – specifically in the scenes when he’s showing off his magical talents on stage and he also make tricks and rescuers for his lover Sophie and he is good treatment for Inspeter Uhl. It was so good presentation for scene by scene.

As a conclusion, the “Illusionist” movie is really good performance, excellent Actor and Actress and nice screen play, good story board and so on. Other best way is that movie using a muted color is like a brown color and we just know about to wear 19th century old fashion style and we just know characteristic of in 19th century. The film was nice cinematography, costumes and overall tone helped modern audiences forget it’s 2006. The film is amazing job of transporting its view back in time to 1900 in Vienna. Moreover, the effects support for magic show and sound effect make it more interesting for the whole movie. All of all, the good thing is a 2 hrs script con­verted from a short inter­est­ing story as well.


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