It seems that people come down on one side or the other but I enjoyed both films. They are quite different and while I enjoyed "The Illusionist" I thought that "The Prestige" was a much more complex film both emotionally and with its convoluted narrative.
i disagree. i found 'the prestige' to be somewhat schizophenic in its multiple paradigm shifts and i think that 'the illusionist' retains a certain mystique after it ends, while 'the prestige' divulges practically all its secrets to us. plus this is a love story, and 'prestige' came off as a film about rivialry and vengeance, which is usually a much harder subject to connect with in my opinion.
...though 'prestige' had david bowie as nikola tesla, so i think that fact alone makes it about even between the two.
They're both great movies, I liked The Prestige a little more though but that's just because it takes awhile to get into The Illusionist. The Illusionist is a good romantic movie I think couples would like more. The Prestige reminded me a lot of Batman Begins cause it has two of the same actors and the same director, so if you enjoyed that film you'll enjoy it, it's more for us guys.
I gotta recommend both of them, they both had their parts and I had to watch them both over again to "clearly" see things.
I also saw both movies and think that the Illusionist is way more than strictly a romantic movie because it in fact has much more to offer. It offers much of the illusions that the prestige also offers. However I enjoyed the complexity of the Illusionist a bit better. However overall I do agree that The Prestige was the slight better movie. Both endings were magnificent. Both movies had ending nobody could have foreseen. Both are great movies. Anybody thinking of seeing either of them is making a great decision. I think everyone should see both movies!
Not true, I enjoyed both Batman Begins and The Prestige more than The Illusionist, and I'm a girl. It's all about personal preferences. I found The Illusionist difficult to get into because of several stiff performances by certain important characters - though at the moment, I can't remember which.
I saw both movies within a week and immediately liked The Prestige much better. Since then, I have rewatched The Illusionist and love it, too. They are so different from each other. All they really have in common is the profession of the main characters. I wish they had not been released so close to each other. It made it impossible to not compare the two.
The prestige is the better film. It has a better director(Chris Nolan... 'nuff said), better actors, and a better story. The illusionist basically used special effects to mimic illusions that would have been impossible at the time period, and instead of an explanation of how this one illusionist accomplished it, you basically get. "It's all an illusion! Crazy!" You are made to hate the bad guy because of a rumor that he deal violently with a girl in the past - and then he gets his comeuppance due to being charged with murdering someone else. The problem is, this murder is completely faked, so his comeuppance is him being railroaded for a crime he didn't commit. They never take the time to prove the previous rumor was true, so you could totally see the movie from a different point of view - that of an illusionist ruining someone's life based on the fact that he's kind of a jerk. The Prestige, on the other hand, takes time to show how almost every illusion is done - the though processes behind them, as well as how they can go wrong. It's a more complex story, because instead of having a simple formula like the illusionist (jerk = bad, make him pay, regardless of the circumstances, the audience will eat it up), the prestige didn't really have a hero or a villain. (though that could be a point for debate) The Prestige sets the tone from the very beginning. Just as the movie starts, you hear a voice say "are you watching closely?" There are so many details to pick up on, and a story to try to decipher before it's over.
I liked both the movies. Andrew Giuliano's comment is spot on. The Illusionist is what it is, audience have to accept it - no questions to be asked. The Prestige is more complex and answers all the questions. The Prestige is on one's mind long after the movie is over, sort of sad ending though...