Edward Norton was brilliant in this film. I thought that Eisenheim was an amazing character and had me intrigued from the very beginning of this film.
The scenery was wonderful in this movie, it makes you feel like you are watching a period piece, though the story has very little, if anything to do with the time in which it took place, the scenery and costume design helped immerse you in the story as it unfolded.
Eisenheim’s love for Sophie (played by Jessica Beil, who I normally cannot stand as an actress, but was wonderful in this role) was clear in the scenes they showed of them as small children. When she comes back into his life, their chemistry is like they haven’t spent a day apart, and their love for one another still burns strong. At this film’s roots is something deeper than a love story. It is a story of mystery and wonder. Eisenheim can achieve illusions that mystify his audiences and leave you, the viewer, wondering if we are to believe he is an illusionist or if he perhaps he has more in the way of supernatural powers. There are several people in power, including Sophie’s fiance and the police chief who will stop at nothing to find out the secrets of Eisenheim’s illusions. The final act of this film is one that takes you for a ride and has you on the edge of your seat at the same time you are cheering for victory.
I highly recommend this film.
I gave this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars.