Magician. Escape artist. Con Artist Exposer. Arguably the greatest entertainer ever.
He deserved a better film.
I’m not a huge fan of any film that starts with the ending and then flashes back. Nor am I a huge fan of the use of a ‘narrator’ that explains the story to me. I can tolerate them by themselves but combine these two things and it doesn’t just annoy the heck out of me but it’s an incredibly lazy way to tell a story. In this case, it’s also an incredibly clumsy way to tell the story.
Houdini is now streaming Netflix and comes in two 90-minute parts. Made originally for the History Channel, the source material for the mini-series was a book titled Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait written by Bernard C. Meyer, M.D. And if that just sounds like a train wreck waiting to happen – you’d be right.