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History’s Houdini premieres next week, with the first part on Labor Day and the second airing on Tuesday. Adrien Brody stopped by NBC’s Today Show to promote the show and even do a little magic. Perhaps more interesting is that reviews are beginning appear. The Hollywood Reporter is among the first, calling it a “fun but scattered biopic” and praising Brody’s performance as the Kings of Handcuffs. An interesting point in the review is that it mentions that the film uses animations to show how Houdini’s effects actually work, something which may rile up the magic community.

Houdini is based on the 1970s biography Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait by Bernard C. Meyer and it was adapted for the screen by his son Nicholas. It was directed by Udi Edel, whose film The Baader Meinhof Complex was nominated for an Academy Award. The movie’s soundtrack, by John Debney, is getting some praise and thanks to Yahoo Music, you can preview it here.