Some of you may recall that this movie came out at about the same time as another film about magic: The Prestige. Fitting, then, that they happen to be facing off in the Oscar category for Achievement in Cinematography. (The Prestige is also nominated for Achievement in Art Direction)
Upon viewing the film, I realized why The Illusionist received no other Oscar noms.
This movie is soooooooooooooooooooo obvious. I was stunned. If you are fooled by any of the "swerves" in this film, you either don't watch enough movies or were dropped on your head as a child.
I couldn't believe it. Does the director/writer (same guy - no surprise) actually think we don't see the transparency of the "mystery"? And because the mystery is so obvious, the Usual Suspects-style ending is laughable (not to mention it makes no sense in the context of Paul Giamatti's character).
How the f@#& did this movie score a 75% on rottentomatoes? The characters and cast might have been decent, but the story is pathetic.
Rent the more entertaining and comparably rated The Prestige instead.