I rented this film the same day I rented "The Prestige". I cannot express how much I loved this film and just how much I despised that other "piece of tripe". "The Illusionist" is a beautifully made movie about love, deception, treachery and is a great lesson about the history of magic and those who devote their lives to it. This is beautifully shot with sepia tones and soft edges. Paul Giamatti is fantastic, but Edward Norton and Jessica Biel were dull, and Rufus Sewell snarled and bulged his eyes so much that I kept expecting him to twirl the tip of his villian's mustache. The story was well-executed with few surprises, but the thing that really disappointed me was the illusions themselves. The filmmakers rely so much on CGI effects that I could never completely suspend disbelief. Not as good as "The Prestige" but still, it's a really good movie with an intriguing story that is very enjoyable to watch. I highly recommend it.