Stanley is a magician who has dedicated his life to revealing fraudulent spiritualists. He plans to quickly uncover the truth behind celebrated spiritualist Sophie and her scheming mother. However, the more time he spends with her, he starts thinking that she might actually be able to communicate with the other world, but even worse, he might be falling in love with her.Written by
Colin Firth previously appeared in another production centering around a British stage magician with an Oriental stage persona, set in the early 20th century: In Lost Empires (1986) he played the nephew and stage assistant of vaudeville magician Nick Ollanton (stage name Gunga Dun) played by John Castle. Firth's overbearing and rude character in Magic in the Moonlight is very similar to that of Ollanton/Gunga Dun. See more »
On several occasions, Stanley makes derisive references to how well or how badly Sophie can predict the future. She never claimed she could predict the future. Her demonstrated skills involve the past, like knowing impossible-to-know facts about people she has barely met and contacting deceased relatives. Before Stanley met Sophie, Brice said "She can predict the future." See more »
I don't understand. Is the conductor a blithering idiot? He went over the tempo six times. It's Adagio, Adagio, Adagio! It's not racehorse tempo.
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A wonderful film that leaves you reflective and happy.
This is a GREAT FILM. I read some of the tepid reviews, went anyway, LOVED it. Woody, as always, deals with big subjects lightly, the question here: is there magic in the world? Is there more to life than meets the eye? I don't know what you believe, but Woody says there is. I went right along with him.
As far as movie-making is concerned, Woody shows he hasn't lost a step. Clues are deftly scattered, parallels emerge, the expected happens in unexpected ways, it's delightful. Woody speaks to our hearts and minds simultaneously.
Colin Firth is terrific; spot-on, serious and hilariously dry by turns. His character reminded me a little of Professor Higgins in "My Fair Lady." A man confident in his own superior knowledge - until he encounters real magic - the kind of magic all of us have the possibility of experiencing.
Emma Stone is revealed as an actress of easy and convincing grace. Of course, she's beautiful, too, which is never a disadvantage. Both Miss Stone's and Mr. Firth's characters are so well drawn you can't imagine anyone doing it better.
If you're old enough to have lived a little, this film will appeal to you. If you are currently loving Ninja Turtles, this piece of inspiring magic will sail over your head.
Bravo to Woody and his tremendous cast. Well done, ladies and gentlemen.
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