We went to see The Illusionist
yesterday. Arriving early (35 minutes) to the theatre we decided to get something from the snack bar, where we found working two very talkative guys, one of which inquired as to the film we were going to see. I replied and one of them said, oh that looks interesting, a lot of older people are coming in to see this. I kind of snickered to myself and then the other attendant (who was probably no older than 19) cut in and exclaimed "It was an an incredible film". He was correct, it was riveting. I have always been a fan of Edward Norton, who in my opinion is one of the most talented actors in Hollywood, and he certainly didn't disappoint. My sons had not heard of and were completely unaware of this film before we set out to see it. I guess awaiting the release of The Prestige
similar film, although with a much more celebrated cast) I jumped on the opportunity to catch this, and was glad (all three of us were) we did.
The attendant was indeed correct, there was not a soul in that theatre (apart from us) under the age of 60. One woman in our row had to be in her mid 80s. I am not sure what to make of this, but none present could have possibly been disappointed. From start to finish we were glued to our seats. Set in pre WWI Vienna, you have an exceptional illusionist & magician (Edward Norton) who discovers the fiancee of Austrian Royal Hapsburg Price Leopold is a woman he knew well as a child. His first love. He manages to use his skill and talent to make the best of the situation (given that the Prince is an alcoholic abuseful fiend). I recommend you not only see this, but in fact purchase it when the DVD is released. It is something you may watch repeatedly (as I will). The turn of events at the end leaves you breathless.
As a side note, my ex-wife has discovered this new blog. Thank you Stat Counter. :) I knew it would be only a matter of time, after all it doesn't take a rocket scientist to find this place.
Hopefully the issues of our last fiasco will not resurface, but if they should, let the chips fall where they may. I've nothing
to be ashamed of, let her read on, should she so desire.
Apart from the film yesterday, we ran around quite a bit, hitting Barnes & Noble (where my older son pointed out an interesting book he discovered presenting The South as a victim & casualty of The Civil war (fascinating), while my younger son perused books on Music) Oh and what about this new book: (I found the title rather interesting, I'm sure the authors work wonders with it's subject matter, but still it was sort of an amusing title)