Monday, October 23, 2006

 

Magician Movies

Photo: Charles Pfeil

It so happens that TWO movies are playing now in the same movie theater on Maui about magicians: The Illusionist and The Prestige. Having seen and enjoyed both of them recently, I will share that my favorite is The Illusionist.

The Illusionist stars Edward Norton and Jessica Biel. Both of them do an outstanding job, and if this movie doesn't win some awards this year, something's wrong. I absolutely loved it, and what's more, it has a happy ending. It's a story of a magician living in 1900's Vienna, Austria who uses his illusions to win the heart of a woman engaged to a prince.

The Prestige stars Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. This film is colored in a darker hue, and it doesn't have a happy ending. It's the story of two young stage magicians in the late 1800's who feud through the years to outwit and outdo one another. Michael Caine adds a classy touch to the movie as he always does to every movie he appears in.

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Comments:
I skipped The Illusionist but just saw The Illusionist and found it to be a very complicated but still entertaining flick .. I can't think of the last time there were two movies about magic in theaters at the same time!
 
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