Best Hollywood Movies of This Decade Featuring Magicians

We can all do a little magic these days, locked down as we are 24/7 inside our homes to avoid getting infected with the coronavirus. Hollywood has been making movies about magicians since time immemorial. Some early films used stop motion animation to duplicate the effects of motion. stage magicians. Some say the movies have somehow diluted the aura of magicians because by using a different bag of tricks they can replicate the same results. Others believe that magic movies have helped revive an ancient art. We present to you a list of some of the best movies with magicians been out of Hollywood lately.

1. The Illusionist (2006)

The Illusionist, directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel is a period romance featuring a magician, who uses his art to unite with the woman he loves. It is loosely based on Steven Millhauser’s short story, Eisenheim the Illusionist. T Eisenheim (Edward Norton) is a magician from turn-of-the-century Vienna. He falls in love with Sophie, Duchess von Teschen, played by Jessica Biel. She is expected to marry Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell), who is believed to have murdered a former lover. Sophie is one day found murdered and during a performance, Eisenheim brings her spirit before the audience. The spirit points out that someone in the audience is her killer. He is warned by the police not to repeat the act but he does it again. When the police come to arrest him, it turns out that he himself is a spirit. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Nortan’s performance was highly praised.

2. The Prestige (2006)

Appearing the same year as The Illusionist, it eclipsed the previous film both in its portrayal of magic and for its better dramatic content. Directed by Christopher Nolan, it is based on the 1995 novel of the same name written by Christopher Priest. Robert Angier and Alfred Borden are rival stage magicians in London at the end of the 19th century. Obsessed with creating the best stage illusion, they develop a bitter rivalry, which leads to tragic results for both. The plot twists will keep you guessing until the very end. And you won’t believe your eyes even when you see the truth. The climax is sure to hit an emotional punch that will leave you feeling drained. The film was both a tribute to the golden age of magic and an artist’s dedication to his craft.. Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale, who played Angier and Borden respectively, received praise for their performance.

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3. Oz the Great and the Mighty (2013)

Directed by Sam Raimi, the film is based on the early 20th century Oz novels by L. Frank Baum. The film is a sort of prequel to the original Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production The Wizard of Oz (1939). The film stars James Franco in the title role as well as Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Joey King and Tony Cox in the star cast. It tells the story of Oscar Diggs, a trickster magician who is transported to the land of Oz and meets three witches: Theodora, Evanora and Glinda. Oscar is given the task of restoring order to Oz and somehow, using his crook’s cunning and sheer luck, continues to do so, experiencing one series of mishaps after another. . The film was admired for its visual opulence, for its attempts to become a prequel to the 1939 film and Franco also received praise for its robust performance.

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5. Now You See Me (2013)

Directed by Louis Leterrier, the film features an impressive cast made up of Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. It’s a heist movie where a group of magicians, calling themselves the Four Horsemen, perform elaborate robberies and get away with it. Their goal, incredibly, is not money or fame. They hope to enter an order of real magicians called The Eye. An FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) is on their trail. The final act reveals that everything that happened earlier was part of a long ruse going back many years. This half heist, half revenge drama will keep you glued to your seats throughout. The actors gelled well, and the entire cast was praised for performing their roles with a lot of authenticity. The film is popcorn entertainment at its finest. The film’s sequel, Now You See Me 2 (2016), was also quite entertaining.

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6. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Directed by Don Scardino, the film tells the story of Las Vegas magician Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) as he tries to reunite with his former partner Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) to take on promising rival Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), who specializes in dangerous street magic. Carrey lost a lot of weight to develop a lean, mean look for the role of a thrill-seeking magician willing to do anything to keep audiences engaged. Wonderstone and Marvelton (Buscemi) have been successful in Las Vegas for ten years. However, they fall out and fail miserably without each other’s support. They come back together to beat the new rival in town and after suffering several epic failures, manage to do so, rediscover the magic of their friendship in the process. Carrey was as wacky as it gets, and Alan Arkin made a delightful appearance as Burt’s inspiration and mentor.

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7. Moonlight Magic (2014)

Set in the 1920s and placed on the French Riviera, the film is written and directed by Woody Allen and stars Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Erica Leerhsen, Eileen Atkins and Simon McBurney. Stanley (Colin Firth) is an illusionist who also exhibits charlatans on the side. A fellow magician and friend, Howard Burkan (Simon McBurney), asks him to help expose a woman, Sophie (Emma Stone), who claims to be a psychic and whom Howard suspects of stealing from a young heir George (Jeremy Shamos). Stanley comes into contact with Sophie and is in love with her. He tries to find flaws in her techniques, but after revealing many secrets from his own past, he begins to believe that she is genuine. He is truly in love with her and even forgives her when he finds out that she has been cheating on him all along.

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Brian L. Hartfield