Magic films are always entertaining to watch. We’ve put together a list of some of the best films about magic, we seriously recommend you giving these a watch!
1. The Prestige
Christopher Nolan, the man who brought us Inception and The Dark Knight directors this dark story of magic with a star studded cast including Christian Bale (The Dark Knight), Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine), Michael Cain (The Dark Knight) and Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers).
The story is set in the 19th century and follows two rival magicians in London, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale). The two magicians have an unhealthy obsession when it comes to their rivalry, magic tricks and even their love lives, both eager to outwit and destroy one another. The rivalry they share takes them both to the peak of their careers but not without consequences.
The film, produced in 2006 is based on a novel which goes under the same name. The award winning novel was written back in 1995 by Christopher Priest and tells the story through the magicians diaries.
The Prestige received mostly positive reviews from film critics with a rating of 8.5 on IMDb with over 800,000 user ratings placing it at number 49 in IMDb’s top 250 films. It received two Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.
Now You See Me was produced in 2013, making it a fairly recent film. Now You See Me is a much lighter film to watch than The Prestige but it’s equally impressive throughout and matches The Prestige’s cast. Woody Harrelson (Cheers), Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption), Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island) and Michael Caine (The Dark Knight) all feature in a film where magicians become thieves.
The film follows 4 charismatic magicians named the Four Horsemen as they do the unthinkable and rob a bank live on stage. The FBI launch an investigation in to the Horsemen but the mystery of magic and illusion seems all to much for FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) as the Horsemen continue to cause havoc through the US.
Now You See Me certainly had mixed reviews upon release with some critics calling the film entertaining but a little too far fetched. Having said this it received a rating of 7.1 on IMDb so although the critics seem to have a problem with the film, the public seem to have a soft spot for it. Now You See Me 2 is currently in production and should be released later this year with a similar cast.
2006 seemed to be the year for magic film as The Illusionist and The Prestige both hit the screens. The Illusionist may have been slightly in the shadow of The Prestige but it still makes for a very good watch nonetheless. Edward Norton (Fight Club) plays the lead role in a story where love and magic meet.
Set towards the end of the 19th century in Vienna, a magician reunites with his childhood love, he then attempts to use his magic to woo her. The problem is that she is way above his social status and there’s the small problem of her being engaged to the prince.
The Illusionist was popular with critics receiving one Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography, the same category as The Prestige.
The oldest film in our Top 5 Magic Films, produced in 1953. Houdini tells the story of the life and death of one of the greatest illusionists ever. Tony Curtis was given the role of Harry Houdini.
The film follows the career of Houdini from starting out as a Coney Island entertainer where he meets Bess and they encounter a whirlwind romance and the couple marry quickly. With Bess by Harry’s side his career in magic starts to take off and it isn’t long until he is trying the unthinkable with his wife getting more and more worried about Harry taking his act too far. The film is based on a book that was written by Harold Kellock called Houdini His Life-Story.
We’re rolling back the years again, this time to 1978 when Anthony Hopkins starred as a failed magician in this terrifying love story. Trying to make a comeback as a magician Corky (Anthony Hopkins) decides to become a ventriloquist and creates a foul-mouthed dummy named Fats.
Fats becomes a huge success and gives Corky the opportunity to have his very own TV show but it all gets too much for him and he runs away to his hometown where he claims to be afraid of success. We soon discover that Corky isn’t afraid of success he is just worried that the medical exam he has to take for the TV show but discover the fact that he suffers from severe issues as he is struggling to control Fats off-stage.
Although it’s not real magic, the Harry Potter films just had to be mentioned purely for the fact that they are brilliant to watch. If you’re ever at a loose end you can always really on a Harry Potter marathon. It will only last around 1180 minutes or 19 hours and 40 minutes making it just about possible to fit all the films in one day. If you’re prepared to start watching at 5:00am and finish watching at 11:40pm that is.
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