The love story, the twist, and, of course, the ILLUSIONS!, made for an infectious mix of romance, mystery, and magic. Sumptuous, mysterious, and deeply felt, with superb acting for the most part by all of its leads. A magician using his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing made for a beautiful story. Their love transcended the many years and their social classes; I loved the locket he made for her as a sign of his devotion when they were children. This twist at the end was, for me at least, unexpected although once you know what it is, you can recall the signs throughout the movie but I thought it was well done.
One thing I wanted to touch on was the love scene between Norton and Biel. I loved it. It was so suggestive and evocative without crossing any barriers or ruining the illusion of their love & passion. It's about time the movie makers realized that what doesn't show is much more erotic than the kind of trashy low grade porn that passes for sex in most movies. That long slow shot that turns out to be their arms and hands took my breath away. Anyone ever noticed how beautiful Norton's hands are?