The William Goldman Blogathon – Magic (1978)


This is my second of 3 reviews for The William Goldman Blogathon 2019 being hosted by Rebecca of Taking Up Room.

Tnx for letting me partake Rebecca!

“A pro never forgets his good lines, kid.” – Ben Greene

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A performer who does a magic and ventriloquist act must deal with his innermost feeling when he is reunited with a past lover.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never seen before but recalled some of the story since a childhood friend of mine was such a big fan and would always discuss this film and its characters.

When Rebecca announced this blogathon, I knew it was a great opportunity to finally see what it was all about.

This film works largely due to the amazing performance by Anthony Hopkins in the lead.

Watching his performance here shows how great an actor he is and its no wonder that he was able to win an Oscar 13 years later for another maniacal performance which has become so iconic in film history.

He plays his character really well and its also amazing how well he does the ventriloquism required for this role.

The story is a very good portrait of the ways that mental illness can affect someone especially when they have an outlet like a ventriloquist dummy where things can become even more unstable and intense.

The supporting cats is also great with Ann-Margaret and Burgess Meredith also giving us some very performances that enhance the story so much because they are much more sympathetic characters than the lead one.

Bottom Line – Great Goldman adaptation that works largely due to the amazing performance by Hopkins in the lead role. It’s easy to see how he could portray such a maniacal character 14 years later that has become so iconic. This film does a wonderful job showing how mental illness can affect someone and when they have an outlet like a ventriloquist dummy, things can get even more intense and unbalanced. Besides Hopkins, Margaret and Meredith are also great here in their roles and help make the story even more interesting to watch unfold.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Upon seeing Fats for the first time, Sir Anthony Hopkins was allowed to take the doll home to work with it. However, he wound up being so unnerved by it, that he called the consulting ventriloquist in the middle of the night, threatening to throw Fats into the canyon if someone didn’t come and get the doll immediately. Director Sir Richard Attenborough ended up going to Hopkins’ house to calm him down. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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3 thoughts on “The William Goldman Blogathon – Magic (1978)

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