I’m not sure what more I can say to describe The Illusionist. Fantastic acting, writing, directing. But the most fantastic was the visual style this story was filmed in. Incredible style that places the viewer firmly in the time period. It’s been a while, even with other good movies, that I’ve wanted to run back to the theater for a second viewing.
Here’s the cool part though – the studio created both MySpace and YouTube presence. The YouTube promo is the most intriguing – film your own illusion, post it to YouTube and maybe see the trick show up on The Illusionist DVD. What a great idea, considering this is a zero cost solution for the studio, and taps into something significant for fans.
The only thing I was disappointed about is that they don’t give any info about how the illusions from the movie might have been done. Hopefully they’re holding that back for the DVD.
But this is a two thumbs WAY up movie, with a visual style so incredible you want to ask them to pause occasionally just so you can soak it in.