OMG, now here’s a rare, rare site … a girl in Brent’s bed! Now, it has happened a few times in my life but never one as cute and adorable as this fine lass.
Scots on the Rock Annie and baby K visited this evening for dinner and a learn-how-to-sew-a-button-on lesson for me.
Set in Vienna at the turn of the century this film tells the love
story of an illusionist, played by Edward Norton, and his childhood sweetheart who is coincidentally a Princess (a so-so Jessica Biel). The film is a take on the
poor-boy-loves-rich-unattainable-girl angle and works very well. There’s magic
as Esinheim performs his tricks to awestruck Viennans; there’s intrigue as the
Emperor’s evil son, Crown Prince Leopold (whom our Princess is engaged to) maneuvers to have
things his way; there’s the catty give-and-take between the illusionist and the
Prince’s Head of Secret Police, Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti in a pleasant change of roles);
and there’s the wonderfully woven tale of mystery and revenge – worthy of Agatha
Christie – that ends the film. Flawlessly acted by Norton (kudos to him!) with
gorgeous sets and a deep, magical look complemented by a perfect soundtrack
scored by Philip Glass, this film will have you believing in magic. Kudos also to director/screenplay writer, Neil Burger, for this fine, fine adaptation of Steven Millhauser’s short short. My rating
9 out of 10.