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.