History YMMV / TheIllusionist

24th Jul '16 4:15:20 PM fearlessnikki
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* DesignatedHero: Depending on how you see Eisenheim after [[spoiler: he frames the prince for murder]], he's either this or a WellIntentionedExtremist.

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* DesignatedHero: AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Depending on how you see Eisenheim after [[spoiler: he frames the prince for murder]], he's either this a DesignatedHero or a WellIntentionedExtremist.WellIntentionedExtremist.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Some people view Leopold too sympathetically. Even if [[spoiler: he was only framed for killing Sophie]], he had a reputation as an abuser and is confirmed to have murdered at least one woman already.
* LoveToHate: Rufus Sewell makes Leopold an utterly despicable bastard that viewers love most of the scenes he's in.


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* {{Narm}}: The ridiculously goofy grin that appears on Uhl's face once TheReveal happens in the train station.
* SheReallyCanAct: Jessica Biel's casting was met with a lot of [[WTHCastingAgency raised eyebrows]], all of which were forgotten as soon as people saw the film. These days, it is praised as one of her best roles.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: The movie tries to make Uhl more sympathetic, as a police chief who is powerless to stop Leopold from committing his crimes. However he still meddles in Sophie's life, spying on her and reporting her whereabouts to Leopold when he has no need to. He also has no problem [[spoiler: finding a scapegoat for Sophie's apparent death]], and it's implied he covered up Leopold's other crimes despite being fully aware of them. He does not even bring Leopold to justice [[spoiler: as the prince kills himself before Uhl can do anything]].
* TheUntwist: Quite a few viewers had guessed that [[spoiler: Sophie was not really dead, given that she's not seen being murdered]].
25th Dec '14 6:50:22 PM spirasen
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The recurring motif of the [[ButterflyOfDoom butterfly]] - secrecy, a double life, [[spoiler: rebirth, a new life]]... nicely handled.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The recurring motif of the [[ButterflyOfDoom butterfly]] - -- secrecy, a double life, [[spoiler: rebirth, a new life]]... nicely handled.
30th Aug '13 9:26:27 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* MagnificentBastard: Eisenheim is a nice version (debatably), but really, can you call him anything else after the XanatosRoulette? [[spoiler:By the looks of Uhl's expression, he's probably thinking the same thing.]]

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* MagnificentBastard: Eisenheim is a nice version (debatably), but really, can you call him anything else after the XanatosRoulette? GambitRoulette? [[spoiler:By the looks of Uhl's expression, he's probably thinking the same thing.]]
20th Aug '13 8:26:45 PM hujwernoo
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The recurring motif of the [[ButterflyOfDoom butterfly]] - secrecy, a double life, [[spoiler: rebirth, a new life]]... nicely handled.
16th Jan '13 12:55:48 PM SeptimusHeap
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* AlasPoorVillain: While the Crown Prince without doubt is a jerkass, the ending lets you wonder whether he really was so evil as he was made out to be, especially because it is revealed that his motive for preparing a coup was not mere selfishness and lust for power, but his sincere belief that his father was unable to lead the Empire into the future. And did he really deserve to be [[spoiler: framed for a murder that not only did he not commit, never even happened in the first place?]]
24th Nov '11 8:35:34 PM SmartGirl
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* AlasPoorVillain: While the Crown Prince without doubt is a jerkass, the ending lets you wonder whether he really was so evil as he was made out to be, especially because it is revealed that his motive for preparing a coup was not mere selfishness and lust for power, but his sincere belief that his father was unable to lead the Empire into the future.

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* AlasPoorVillain: While the Crown Prince without doubt is a jerkass, the ending lets you wonder whether he really was so evil as he was made out to be, especially because it is revealed that his motive for preparing a coup was not mere selfishness and lust for power, but his sincere belief that his father was unable to lead the Empire into the future. And did he really deserve to be [[spoiler: framed for a murder that not only did he not commit, never even happened in the first place?]]
2nd Oct '11 12:19:42 AM erforce
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!!The [[TheIllusionist Live Action Film]]:

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!!The [[TheIllusionist [[Film/TheIllusionist Live Action Film]]:
1st Oct '11 2:27:14 AM erforce
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!!The [[Film/TheIllusionist Animated Film]]:

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!!The [[Film/TheIllusionist [[WesternAnimation/TheIllusionist Animated Film]]:Film]]:
* AwesomeArt: Holy crap does this movie look amazing.



** Also: the SadClown's suicide attempt (made worse by the fact that he's not shown again after leaving the hotel, so he could well have ended up killing himself after all), and all the scenes with the Ventriloquist in the latter part of the film. [[spoiler: In the last scenes of the film, his beloved dummy is sitting in the window of the pawn shop marked 'FREE' and yet still nobody wants it, and he's begging on a street corner. And this is one of the lovable comic relief characters.]]

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** Also: the SadClown's suicide attempt (made worse by the fact that he's not shown again after leaving the hotel, so he could well have ended up killing himself after all), and all the scenes with the Ventriloquist in the latter part of the film. [[spoiler: In the last scenes of the film, his beloved dummy is sitting in the window of the pawn shop marked 'FREE' and yet still nobody wants it, and he's begging on a street corner. And this is one of the lovable comic relief characters.]]
22nd Jun '11 4:36:10 PM SMARTALIENQT
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* MagnificentBastard: Eisenheim is a nice version (debatably), but really, can you call him anything else after the XanatosRoulette? [[spoiler:By the looks of Uhl's expression, he's probably thinking the same thing.]]
** Well the prince isn't exactly moral.

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* DesignatedHero: Depending on how you see Eisenheim after [[spoiler: he frames the prince for murder]], he's either this or a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* MagnificentBastard: Eisenheim is a nice version (debatably), but really, can you call him anything else after the XanatosRoulette? [[spoiler:By the looks of Uhl's expression, he's probably thinking the same thing.]]
** Well the prince isn't exactly moral.
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26th Mar '11 4:39:33 AM LordGro
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* AlasPoorVillain: While the Crown Prince without doubt is a jerkass, his final speech lets you wonder whether he really was so evil as he was made out to be.

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* AlasPoorVillain: While the Crown Prince without doubt is a jerkass, his final speech the ending lets you wonder whether he really was so evil as he was made out to be.be, especially because it is revealed that his motive for preparing a coup was not mere selfishness and lust for power, but his sincere belief that his father was unable to lead the Empire into the future.
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