Weird Pull Quote Theater: 'The Magic of Belle Isle'

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by Steve Greene
July 6, 2012 11:22 AM
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Morgan Freeman in "The Magic of Belle Isle." Magnolia Pictures

And now, it's time for another installment of Weird Pull Quote Theater!

FromLA Weekly, Vol. 34 / No. 33

Movie"The Magic of Belle Isle"

Pull Quote: "Morgan Freeman is magic!"

Author: Cindy Pearlman, Chicago Sun-Times

Original Quote, in Context: Actually...there doesn't seem to be one. Even though Pearlman's work apparently appears in the Sun-Times, the review of Rob Reiner's new movie that appears on the publication's blog is attributed to Donald Liebenson

Why It's Weird: If Pearlman’s pull quote isn’t from a particular review (or from a recent interview she did with Freeman for another site), then why use "magic" instead of "magical?" Sure, it's a play on the film's title, but it comes across as an ominous declaration of fact rather than an endorsement of the film. Is Pearlman subtly suggesting that Freeman would make a smart choice for an Earvin Johnson biopic? Is his delicate, earthy form of voiceover the very embodiment of the concept of magic? What adds to the weirdness is that Liebenson’s review features a description of Freeman which includes the line, "His performance is the real magic of 'Belle Isle.'" The choice to not just use that instead is a either a mix-up in attribution or a confirmation that the man behind Detective Somerset is more powerful than we could have ever imagined.

It must be all the baths in caskets.

This has been another installment of Weird Pull Quote Theater!

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