The Illusionist (Continued)
The amazing underlying theme is that when politics and illusion are stripped away, only love remains.
The visuals in this movie are stunning. The first of Eisenheim’s shows is complete with little deviances of gravity, butterflies aloft with disappearing handkerchiefs, and an orange tree that grows before the audience’s eyes. But these bends in nature’s laws are not seen as animation.
And so, when you witness the illusionist’s feats, you don’t think, What magnificent effects! Instead, you ponder how Eisenheim could have done it. This is a modern movie. To not think of effects in this age when huge cinematic hordes, creatures like Gollum and the world of motion capture have become nearly commonplace is fabulous to behold.
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