French director Louis Leterrier’s much awaited “Now You See Me” releases this weekend. The use of magic and illusion as a premise to mesmerize the audience is not new to movies. Here is a sneak peek into the most spell-binding movies about magic and illusion.
Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige (2006):
This spectacularly filmed Nolan masterpiece was just what the doctor ordered – thrilling, dark and melancholic. The tale of two rival 19th century magicians as they compete with all means possible to create the ultimate illusion.
Are You Watching Closely?
Neil Burger’s The Illusionist (2006):
Edward Norton flawlessly plays the character of a 19th century magician who uses his abilities to be with the woman he loves, who is far above his social standing.
Everything you have seen here has been an illusion.
J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter (2001-2011):
Probably the most popular wizard to tantalize our minds, Rowling’s Harry Potter series inhabits the largest magical world of witchcraft and wizardry. This series is not about a character, a story or a movie. It’s about an alternate world of magic.
I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good.
Let’s hope “Now You See Me” with its phenomenal star cast captivates us as much as these movies did.