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THE ILLUSIONIST movie review

Well, I just saw the movie THE ILLUSIONIST and it’s fantastic. Really, really 5 star fabulous. My favorite movie of the year so far.

I recommend it so highly I can’t find the words. Actually I can find them, but I don’t want to ruin the experience for you by over-describing it. So I’m asking you to trust me. Go see it!

The story in a nutshell – don’t worry, I won’t reveal too much – is this: a young boy learns early in life that he has talent as an illusionist. His magic tricks are quite astounding, and they capture the interest of a lovely young girl who is high-born and beyond the reach of a cabinet-maker’s son. Yet they’re drawn to one another, and the bond never really disappears. He becomes accomplished and famous and ends up performing for the royal family, and.…

My husband dragged me to The Illusionist, so he gets all of the credit for my wonderful, wonderful day. He’s an Edward Norton fan and I haven’t been one up till now. I’ve always admitted that Norton is talented, but he plays such intense characters in such intense dramas, and I’m a lover of all things subtle.

THE ILLUSIONIST is subtle. And in this movie, so is Edward Norton. He deserves the Best Actor award or at least a nomination. That’s how great he was.

So, what do you want from a movie? Romance? It’s got it. Subtle yet touching tragedy? Your heart will ache during this movie. Yet the dialogue is intelligent and witty, so there are light moments too. Do you want a touch of paranormal? This movie has just the right sense of magic and mystery. Do you want to be amazed, entertained, and wowed? This is your story.

The performances are all powerful. The behind the scenes people -- director, writers, etc -- also showed amazing mastery of their crafts. And the story line itself is mesmerizing, and never overplayed.

It’s been a while since I’ve been tempted to applaud at the end of a movie. This time, there was no choice. In fact, it was difficult not to applaud during many of the scenes where the illusionist was performing on stage. You really felt like you were part of the audience for those performances as well as for the movie.

Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap!!! Go see it. Then we can talk about it. Go now, in fact. Or tomorrow at the latest.

If you’ve been reading my reviews, you know I wish I’d seen V FOR VENDETTA in the theater, but I was misled by some reviews and waited for the DVD.

Do not wait for the DVD for this one. You really need to see THE ILLUSIONIST on the big screen with a bunch of other viewers, because the reactions of everyone in the theater are part of the overall effect.

Why are you still reading this? You’re supposed to be grabbing your keys and going to the movies! Have fun! Then please let me know what you think of this wonderful show.

BTYL, Kate

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