Synopsis: Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.
Tagline: A Friendship That Became a Rivalry.
Release Date: 2006-10-20 | MPAA Rating: PG 13 | Runtime: 2 hrs 10 Minutes | Coolthulhus Earned: 5 |
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The Prestige Review
My partner is the one that picked this out. I’d never even heard of The Prestige. I didn’t even look at the back of the film when he showed it to me in the video store. I figured he would watch it while I buried myself in a book. However, Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale is an interesting enough combination to make even me sit up and pay attention. Then when you add magicians and Nikola Tesla into the mix? Well, even though it’s not my normal sort of film, I had to actually put aside my book and commit to watching the movie. It was quickly engrossing enough that I could barely take my eyes off of it long enough to make notes.
The acting in the movie is very well-done. Jackman and Bale play off each other wonderfully. Both are obviously experienced actors that have proven themselves times and again and both brought their A-game to this film. By three-quarters of the way through the movie, I wanted to smack Bale’s character every time he was on-screen.Also, somewhat surprisingly, Johansson has moments where she’s more than just a pretty face. Rebecca Hall does a decent job presenting her usual type of character, as does Michael Caine. I swear Michael Caine is one of the few actors whose death I will even come close to mourning. I simply love watching that man on screen.
There’s a small laugh to be had in that Christian Bale plays a character named Alfred in this movie. Especially given that Michael Caine is also one of the actors in The Prestige.
As the rivalry grows and Bale’s character becomes more powerful and self-assured, it’s almost enthralling. (And wow, Jackman looks so young here.) The Prestige does make a good point about exactly how vital showmanship is as an accompaniment to talent. Very few people are talented enough they can get by on their voice, tricks, or whatnot alone.
Overall, The Prestige was well worth the time it took away from my books. One of the major revelations had my jaw dropping. The pacing is perfect. The dialogue, direction, everything is exquisite. Christopher Nolan, Hugh Jackman, and Christian Bale is one heck of a combination. I totally did not see that ending coming! I don’t think they made a single big mistake in The Prestige at all. Even the dialogue at the very end wasn’t overly lengthy.
This is one of those movies you’ve got to watch. You won’t be disappointed.