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Award-winning actors Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson star in THE PRESTIGE, the twisting, turning story that, like all great magic tricks, stays with you. Two young, passionate magicians, Robert Angier (Jackman), a charismatic showman, and Alfred Borden (Bale), a gifted illusionist, are friends and partners until one fateful night when their biggest trick goes terribly wrong. Now the bitterest of enemies, they will stop at nothing to learn each other's secrets. As their rivalry escalates into a total obsession full of deceit and sabotage, they risk everything to become the greatest magician of all time. But nothing is as it seems, so watch closely. And be prepared to watch it again and again.
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Even as you think you're understanding each part you'll suddenly start questioning your understand of all three parts. And you'll be entertained by the confusion! (I know this makes no sense. Watch the movie and it will.)
I'm not going to go into details. I'm not going to spoil anything. But I will tell you that the entire movie is wonderfully entertaining. And it will keep you thinking the entire time, trying to figure out what's going on. It's very confusing, but not in a "poorly told story" way. It's confusing on purpose, just like a magic show it. The entire film about two magicians and their magic shows is one misdirection after another. Just like an actual magic show is.
The whole thing is so well done.
It's extremely well acted. It's a great story. The set design and costuming is incredibly well done. All of this makes it a very immersive experience.
I don't know how this movie slipped largely under the radar because its really good.
Plus, how often do you get to see Alfred help Wolverine fight against Batman?
Some days I don’t get critics. This is a fantastic film with a wonderfully twisty story, incredible acting, and excellent period detail. Yet it sits at a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes. One of Christopher Nolan's worse as director. The bloated Dark Knight Rises sits at an 87%
It is a bit of a head-scratcher. It did come out during particularly good run of films in the theater ( Scorsese’s The Departed, Eastwood’s Flags of our Fathers) and it wasn’t the only costume drama attacked that weekend (Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette was savaged by critics) Some people didn’t like the end but I think it is more than a bit brilliant. One caveat is that I did like the film more on repeat viewings after a little time had passed. I can see how the initial reaction might be slightly harsher.
Still, The Prestige has easily recovered and sits comfortably in the IMDB top 250 a couple of spaces from The Departed. (Time has not been as kind to Flags of our Fathers which is all but forgotten…. However, Marie Antoinette has also picked up some fans over the years and is bordering on a cult classic.)
I am not talking about The Prestige simply because I don’t want to spoil it. It is that good and should be seen with fresh eyes. Okay, one more hint it has the second best David Bowie casting ever.